Wrong Kind of Bats at Rec. Center

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STRONGSVILLE, Ohio -- The recreation center in Strongsville is dealing with a bat problem.

No, baseball bats aren't missing.  The problem is with bats of the creepy, flying kind.

A piece of ceiling drywall at the center collapsed in January.  A lifeguard noticed a bat clinging to a wall.

An exterminator collected the bat but noticed bat droppings that indicated more bats, perhaps dozens more, could still be in the building.

The ceiling over the spa area was repaired so that more bats could not enter the facility and the spa area was closed off to recreation center users.

There isn't much the recreation center can do about the bats, for now.

Strongsville Recreation Director Bryan Bogre said the bats are a protected species and must be allowed to leave on their own, when the weather warms up in the spring.

"The bat exterminator will come out and do what he needs to do on the outside to put something on there that'll allow the bats to leave but not come back in.  And then he would determine when it is safe for us to go in and do any repairs we need to do on the ceiling," he said.

He told Fox 8 News it is safe inside the recreation center.  There are no health concerns.

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