So far in 2013, a total of 33 rabid bats have been found in
Los Angeles County. This is the third year in a
row we have detected an above-average amount. During
most years in the past, we have found between 8 to 12
rabid bats per year.
Most bats in nature do NOT have rabies.
Read more about it in the lower right section of this
Below is a list of the incidents in which
rabid bats were found:
1. Los Angeles. March. Sick bat on
sidewalk. Sniffed, but not touched, by two leashed dogs.
2. Lancaster. March. Bat flew
around outside home in daylight, settled onto
the side of a house.
3. Los Angeles. April. Bat flew into a garbage can
at a school, then crawled
4. Bell Gardens. April. Bat found
alive clinging to a wall in the middle of the afternoon.
5. Canoga Park. May. Bat found in
the afternoon on sidewalk outside of a store.
6. Stevenson Ranch. May. Found
7. Santa Clarita. May.
Live bat found outdoors.
8. Santa Clarita. June.
Found dead in a backyard.
9. Palmdale. June. Found
dead in a backyard.
10. Calabasas. July.
Found in a home where four people and two cats were
11. Porter Ranch.
July. Bat found on ground at a church.
12. Saugus. July. Dog
carrying bat around in its mouth.
13. Los Angeles. July.
Bat found on a front porch floor.
14. Malibu. July. Bat
found alive around on ground in a park.
15. Santa Clarita. July.
Bat found weak but alive in a driveway outside a home.
16. Santa Clarita. July.
Bat found weak but alive in a driveway outside a home
(same place as bat #15).
17. Unincorporated area of Pasadena.
July. Bat found alive outside a home.
18. Santa Clarita. August. Found
alive in driveway. Covered with a bucket and Animal
19. Altadena. August.
Bat found alive outdoors.
20. Covina. August. Bat
found dead on a balcony.
21. Santa Clarita.
August. Bat found clinging to side of garage.
22. Santa Clarita.
August. Bat found dead next to pool.
23. Chatsworth. August.
Bat found alive at a home.
24. Canyon Country.
August. Bat found dead outdoors.
25. Valencia. August.
Bat found alive at a home.
26. Northridge. August.
Bat found under a tree in backyard, hissed as resident approached.
Feral cats visit backyard also.
27. Canyon Country. August.
Bat found dead on a back patio. Cat may have played with
it, placed under 30-day home quarantine.
28. Woodland Hills. August.
Bat found alive in a driveway, hissed when approached.
29. Agoura Hills.
August. Bat found alive in a garage, sitting on chair.
Cat may have come into contact with it.
30. Tarzana. September. Bat
found alive at a home.
31. West Hollywood.
September. Bat found in backyard and picked up by puppy.
32. Santa Clarita.
seen hanging from eave of home, and later lying on
33. Newhall. October.
Bat found alive inside a home.
BATS AND RABIES
Bats are the animals that most commonly carry rabies in
our county. However, only about 1% of bats in nature are
infected with rabies. Most bats are not rabid, and they try to
avoid contact with people and pets. Bats are good for
the environment because they eat insects and pollinate
plants. Bats are also protected by law.
However, bats seen flying in daylight, or found on the ground,
are more likely to have rabies. Never touch a bat or
other wild animal. If you pick up a bat with your bare
hands, you may be bitten and exposed to rabies.
Bats that bite a person or pet should
be tested for rabies. The bite mark from a bat can be
very small and hard to see. Bats that are found indoors
near a sleeping person, young child, adult that cannot
speak, or pet should also be tested for rabies.
In these cases, try to gently trap the bat without
touching it (such as covering it with a bucket), and
call your local animal control agency. To see a list of
local animal control agencies,
click here. You should also
talk to your doctor and/or veterinarian in these
for CDC podcasts, videos, eCards and more about RABIES!
Lecture about rabies in
Los Angeles County
Centers for Disease Control - Rabies pages
Los Angeles County Department of
Public Health web pages
Rabies Control Manual
In 2012, a total of 56 rabid bats were
found. This was the largest number of
rabid bats detected in a single year since LA County
began testing bats for rabies in the early 1960s. In
most years, 8-12 rabid bats are discovered. The reason
for the increase is unknown.
Click here to see the 2012 map.
To see a map of all rabid bats found in Los Angeles
County from 2000 through 2011. click