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Bat invasion forces firefighters out of their station

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About 500 to 1,000 bats have taken over a Florida fire station forcing the firefighters to move out, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

A Pasco Fire Rescue station was closed Friday after the ever-growing colony of bats caused their work environment to become unsafe and unsanitary, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

The station in Hudson had this problem before and set up bat boxes outside for them to live in, Tampa Bay Times reported. However, the boxes are now empty as the bats have found the fire station to be more comfortable.

“They’ve found them in the sleeping quarters, they found them in the weight room, they found them in the bathrooms and it’s gotten to the point that it’s become a risk,” said Andrew Fossa, the county’s deputy chief of administration, told Tampa Bay Times.

The unwanted guests will be able to stay in the station until August because it is their maternity season, the paper continued. Officials will then remove the bats, which are illegal it harm or kill in Florida.

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