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LA Times Today: L.A.'s Bat Man
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LA Times Today: L.A.'s Bat Man

Watch L.A. Times Today at 7 p.m. on Spectrum News 1 on Channel 1 or live stream on the Spectrum News App. Palos Verdes Peninsula and Orange County viewers can watch on Cox Systems on channel 99.

Like them or not, bats are everywhere in Los Angeles.

There are at least 19 known species here and they play an important role in our ecosystems—providing pest control and reducing disease by eating mosquitoes.

Most of what we know about these winged creatures comes from studying them in the wilderness. But now, there’s a large-scale study of bats in L.A.’s urban core, called the Backyard Bat Survey.