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The Enterprise — Melissa Hale-Spencer

Joseph Okoniewski, a biologist with the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation, looks at a big brown bat while a red bat lies on his examining table. Homeowners who want to bat-proof their homes, he said, should wait until the young are flying and out. “In the early fall, you can take a lawn chair and sit outside your house at dusk to see where they are exiting.”