Protect Rare Bat Habitat from Development

Bracken Cave - US Fish and Wildlife Service - Flickr

Target: San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro

Goal: Stop the development of dense suburban housing directly in the flight path of over 10 million bats

Bracken Cave in San Antonio, TX is home to the world’s largest population of bats. Over 10 million Mexican free-tailed bats reside in the cave, and the twice daily flights are awe inspiring to behold. But this rare treasure trove of bats is being put at risk by a new, dense, suburban development directly in the bats’ flight path. Demand that San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro protect the bats of Bracken Cave.

For 10,000 years, over 10 million Mexican free-tailed bats have called Bracken Cave home. But they are being put at risk by a new suburban development being built directly in their flight path. Bats can be a nuisance for home owners when they roost in attics, and young bats feed on the insects around house lights. They sometimes carry rabies, which can kill household pets and people. Regardless of the fact that the bats were there first, when there is a conflict between people and bats, the bats lose.

The developer, Galo Properties, has already obtained approval for the water and sewer hookups for the new subdivision, which is expected to contain 3,800 homes and nearly 10,000 people. San Antonio law prevents the San Antonio Water Commission and the local Planning Council from considering the impact on the environment when deciding to grant development rights. The only way to save the Bracken Cave bats is to convince the Mayor of San Antonio, Mr. Julian Castro, to stop the development project.

There is no other bat habitat in the world like Bracken Cave. Demand Mayor Castro protect the bats and keep development away from Bracken Cave.


Dear Mr. Castro,

The largest bat habitat in the world is being threatened by development of a new suburban neighborhood that lies directly in their flight path. Bracken Cave contains over 10 million Mexican free-tailed bats. For nearly 10,000 years the bats have called Bracken Cave home, and their twice daily flights are an spectacle that cannot be found anywhere else. They are truly a natural treasure.

But all of that will soon change. A company called Galo Properties plans on building a 3,800 home subdivision directly in the flight path of the bats. When 10 million bats are put in close proximity to 10,000 people, problems will come up. Bats love to roost in attics and garages and young bats will be attracted to the insects that gather around house and street lights. The people that move in won’t care that the bats were there first, they will demand this “nuisance” be taken care of.

The only way to protect the bats of Bracken Cave is to stop the development of the subdivision. San Antonio has something unique in Bracken Cave and needs to protect this one of a kind habitat. Mayor Castro, stop the development near Bracken Cave and prevent any future settlement directly inline with the flight path of these amazing bats.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: US Fish and Wildlife Service via Flickr

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