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Texas
32
Arizona
28
California
25
New Mexico
24
Oklahoma
24
Nevada
23
Colorado
18
Utah
18
Wyoming
18
North Carolina
17
Virginia
17
Alabama
16
Arkansas
16
Georgia
16
Kentucky
16
Tennessee
16
Kansas
15
Mississippi
15
Montana
15
Oregon
15
Washington
15
Idaho
14
Missouri
14
South Carolina
14
West Virginia
14
Florida
13
Illinois
13
Indiana
13
Nebraska
13
Louisiana
12
North Dakota
11
Ohio
11
South Dakota
11
Maryland
10
Connecticut
9
Delaware
9
Iowa
9
Massachusetts
9
Michigan
9
New Jersey
9
New York
9
Pennsylvania
9
Vermont
9
Maine
8
Minnesota
8
New Hampshire
8
Rhode Island
8
Wisconsin
8
Alaska
7
Hawaii
1

Bat Population by State 2024

Bat Population by State 2024

Bats, often misunderstood creatures, play a crucial role in ecosystems across the United States. Among the states, Texas boasts the highest bat population, with 32 different species. Notably, Texas is home to the Bracken Cave Preserve, hosting over 15 million Mexican free-tailed bats during the summer, making it the world's largest bat colony. Following Texas, Arizona and California have significant bat populations, with 28 and 25 species, respectively. Bats are also abundant in New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Nevada, each with 24 or more species.

Bats contribute to ecosystems in various ways, including pollination, seed dispersal, and pest control. They play a vital role in pollinating plants like agave, bananas, and mangoes, which are crucial for agriculture and ecosystem health. Additionally, bats aid in seed dispersal by consuming fruits and then dispersing seeds across vast distances, contributing to forest regeneration and biodiversity. Moreover, bats are natural pest controllers, consuming vast quantities of insects each night, helping to regulate insect populations and reduce the need for pesticides. Overall, bats are essential for maintaining healthy ecosystems and biodiversity, highlighting the importance of conservation efforts to protect these remarkable creatures.

Bat Population by State 2024

Notes:
- In addition to having the most different species of bats, Texas is home to the Bracken Cave Preserve, the summer home of more than 15 million Mexican free-tailed bats�the world�s largest bat colony.

Bat Population by State 2024

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  35. Bats - Ohio Department of Health
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  37. Bats - Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife
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