It’s Halloween night, and scary sights lurk around every corner. Ghosts and goblins, werewolves and witches, villains and vampires—all these frightful figures are so dark and spooky, especially during this haunting holiday. Well, as the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) reports, there’s one creepy creature that’s been getting a bad rap.
Sarah Barnes, wildlife diversity biologist with ODFW, says that bats have been unfairly portrayed as scary or dangerous. “Nothing could be further from the truth,” she says. “Bats play an important role in a healthy ecosystem.”