Save Bats from Savage Suburban Sprawl

Target: Mayor Julian Castro

Goal: Halt urban development near a flourishing bat cave.

The subterranean home of the world’s largest bat colony is under threat from suburban sprawl. Bracken Cave, located in San Antonio, has served as the seasonal residence of about 10 million Mexican free-tailed bats for thousands of years. These bats are the same ones that live under the Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin. When it is populated, Bracken Cave is considered one of the greatest concentrations of mammals worldwide.

The cave is currently surrounded by 697 acres of Texas Hill Country that’s owned by Bat Conservation International (BCI). However, San Antonio suburbs are “bleeding” into many once-remote areas. Developer Brad Galo has revealed a very controversial plot that would involve creating a 3,800-home subdivision, Crescent Hills, on a 1,500-acre plot of land that is located directly under the flight path of the colony of Mexican free-tailed bats.

BCI is worried that permitting thousands of suburban “mansions” to be built in the area, along with the mini-marts that would come with them, would disrupt the colony, resulting in potentially devastating consequences that would impact both regional agriculture (the Bracken Cave colony has been known to consume “100 million tons of crop-damaging insects” every night) and citizens plagued by the nearby mosquitoes. We must side with BCI and halt the construction of the Crescent Hills subdivision in order to save thousands of bats and thousands of crops.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Julian Castro,

Bracken Cave, San Antonio’s subterranean home of the world’s largest bat colony, has served as the seasonal residence of about 10 million Mexican free-tailed bats for thousands of years. These bats are the same type that live under the Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin. When populated, Bracken Cave has one of the greatest concentrations of mammals in the world. However, it is now under threat from suburban sprawl.

Currently, the cave is encompassed by 697 acres of Texas Hill Country owned by Bat Conservation International (BCI). Unfortunately, the suburbs of San Antonio are creeping into many once-remote areas. Developer Brad Galo has revealed an incredibly controversial development plan that involves the creation of a 3,800-home subdivision, Crescent Hills, on a 1,500-acre plot of land located directly under the flight path of the Mexican free-tailed bat colony.

BCI worries that permitting thousands of large homes to be built in the area would disturb the colony, resulting in potentially devastating consequences that would impact both regional agriculture (the Bracken Cave colony has been known to consume “100 million tons of crop-damaging insects” nightly) and the citizens plagued by the nearby mosquitoes. We urge you to side with BCI and stop the construction of the Crescent Hills subdivision. You have the chance to save thousands of bats and thousands of crops.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Andrea Janda via flickr

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  1. THESE KILLING- AND DESTROYING-HABITS ARE TO STOP – UNBEARABLY FOR CIVILIZED BRAINHAVING SOCIETIES AND NOT EXEMPLARY FOR CHILDREN.

    DEMAND ALL INITIATORS ACTING IRRESPONSIBLY TO PAY REDEMPTION TO FUTUREGENERATIONS !

    ENDLESS GREED FROM ECONOMY & HELPING AUTHORITHIES HAS TO STOP ALL KINDS OF DESTRUCTION TO THE ENVIRONMENT, KILLINGS & WRONG SPECIES-APPROPRIATE HUSBANDRY TO ALL LIVING CREATURES BY APPLY STRONGEST JUSTICE TO THE RESPONSIBLES.

    DEMAND ALL INITIATORS ACTING IRRESPONSIBLY TO PAY REDEMPTION TO FUTUREGENERATIONS !
    WE ARE NOT WILLING TO CARRY THE WEIGHT OF WORST CONDITIONS LEFT TO FUTUREGENERATIONS WHICH YOU ARE CREATING!

    THESE KILLING- AND DESTROYING-HABITS ARE TO STOP – UNBEARABLY FOR CIVILIZED BRAINHAVING SOCIETIES AND NOT EXEMPLARY FOR CHILDREN.

    DEFORMED MONSTERS SHOULD BE LOCKED AWAY FROM CIVILIZED CITIZENS. THEY DISTURB FEELINGS IN A NONHUMANE WAY!

    People need to vote unacting authorities acting irresponsibly to futuregenerations and living creatures out of occupations once and for all!

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