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Montana FWP holding bat video contest

Posted at 9:08 AM, Sep 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-13 11:14:16-04

Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks is holding a bat video contest to raise awareness about the nocturnal mammal importance to our ecosystem.

When there isn’t a pandemic going on FWP would normally have National Bat Week to raise awareness about bats but they hope the video contest will be a good substitute.

The contest is open to all students ages 14-18 and the videos should highlight the importantce of bats to Montana’s ecosystem.

FWP officials say this is all to protect an animal whose vital to our state and seems to get a bad rap.

"So bats in general just seem to get a bad rap. Movies and myths have given them a bad name and people sort of have this fear of them but really again they should be a welcome sight in your yard. We have fifteen amazing species of bats in the state of Montana and one single little brown bat can eat 1200 mosquito sized insect pests in an hour," Corie Rice Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks Program Specialist said.

Video’s must be between a minute and three minutes long and more details can be found at FWP’s website.