Search is on for 4 who scooped bat out of Lady Bird Lake

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources shows a northern long-eared bat. Federal officials issued regulations Wednesday Jan. 13, 2016, designed to protect the northern long-eared bat, one of several types of bat that have suffered steep declines because of a rapidly spreading fungal disease. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it had updated interim rules that accompanied a decision last April to designate the northern long-eared bat as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. (Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources via AP, File)
FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources shows a northern long-eared bat. (Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources via AP, File)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Public Health officials would like to speak to a group of four individuals who may have been in contact with a bat on Friday, March 10.

Staff at the Waller Creek Boathouse said the renters, who may have been from Russia, reported “scooping a bat out of the water” on Lady Bird Lake and placing it in their kayak.

The bat has not been tested for rabies and has not been found.

Officials are urging the group to contact them. If you know them, or you grabbed a bat out of the water recently, call Austin Public Health at 512-972-5555.

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