Educate farmers, local communities and pest controllers to reduce indiscriminate culling of vampire bats
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Bats may be indiscriminately killed by farmers and local communities in attempts to reduce the spread of rabies. Providing education about vampire bats and non-lethal measures to prevent the spread of rabies may reduce unnecessary killing of bats. A study in Costa Rica found that men who knew more about bat ecology (from previous education programs and/or watching television) were less likely to have intentions to indiscriminately kill bats (Reid et al. 2016).
Interventions relating to non-lethal measures of rabies control are described in ‘Threat: Agriculture – Livestock farming – Replace culling of bats with non-lethal methods of preventing vampire bats from spreading rabies to livestock’ and ‘Threat: Biological resource use – Hunting – Replace culling of bats with non-lethal methods of preventing vampire bats from spreading rabies to humans’.
Reid J.L. (2016) Knowledge and experience predict indiscriminate bat-killing intentions among Costa Rican men. Biotropica, 48, 394–404.