Bracken Bat Cave flight path fate under negotiation

Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from famed cave

Published On: Dec 17 2013 07:05:50 PM CST
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BRACKEN, Texas -

The fate of the flight path used yearly by millions of Mexican free-tailed bats emerging from the famed Bracken Bat Cave is under negotiation.
San Antonio District 8 City Councilman Ron Nirenberg said the 15-hundred acre site south of the world’s largest bat colony is under contract by Stratford Land of Dallas for a planned subdivision with possibly 3,000 homes.
“It is still possible that we will not make this purchase,” said Stratford Land spokeswoman Leslie Hudson.
Hudson said a meeting is planned soon between the developer and other interested parties.
“At that meeting, it is our hope that a mutually-acceptable plan can be agreed upon that will enable the peaceful co-existence of the bat colony and new residential development,” Hudson said.
Nirenberg said he and a coalition of groups, such as Bat Conservation International and the Nature Conservancy, are working “as swiftly as we can” since the Stratford Land deal is expected to close by the end of the year.
But even that is up for discussion, said Fran Hutchins with BatCon, who did not elaborate because of the ongoing negotiations.
Nirenberg also said it remains to be seen how the coalition will acquire the property.
“Ultimately we want to make sure we preserve the land, so how that happens, that’s what we’re concerned about,” Nirenberg said.