5th District Court still going batty; infestation eradication continues

ST. GEORGE – There are still bats in the belfry – and everywhere else – at the 5th District Court in St. George Friday night as Halloween merriment descends on Southern Utah.

Thousands of bats invade the 5th District Courthouse, St. George, Utah, Oct. 30, 2014 | Submitted photo, St. George News
A bat hangs from a ceiling at the 5th District Courthouse, St. George, Utah, Oct. 30, 2014 | Submitted photo, St. George News

“The timing couldn’t be better – or worse, depending how you look at it,” Rick Davis, trial court executive for the 5th District Court, said.

Reportedly thousands of bats have shown up in the court building this week just in time for Halloween, interrupting court proceedings and causing some areas of the building to be temporarily closed.

Davis said the facilities workers at the courthouse are currently trying to pinpoint exactly how the bats got in. Work is currently being done on the exterior of the building, and one theory is the bats may have gotten in through a vent that was left open by workers.

Davis said he doesn’t know exactly how many bats have taken up residence in the courthouse, but the Division of Natural Resources has been working with the court facilities department to catch and release the bats. Davis said it is unknown at this point how long it will take to remove all of them.

“This morning, there were still bats hanging out of the light fixtures, so they’ve got a lot of work to do,” Deputy Washington County Attorney Ryan Shaum said.

Court proceedings have been able to continue during the bat infestation, Davis said, but some shuffling has had to be done to keep operations flowing.

Shaum said the timing of a bat infestation just before Halloween almost seems like a seasonal prank.

“You would think,” he said. “I mean, how coincidental is that?”

“Welcome to Halloween,” he added.

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  • My Evil Twin October 31, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Somebody get a shotgun! 🙂

  • Lissy November 1, 2014 at 7:54 am

    I wish those bats were as endangered as the prairie dogs. Then they would have to just let them be and” conduct business around them” hilarious.

  • Festus November 1, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Those aren’t real bats.. Just the blood sucking defense attorneys who haven’t returned to thier human form yet…

  • sagemoon November 1, 2014 at 8:57 am


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