Last Tuesday, on our morning walk, Willow and I came across a dead bat. S/he was still relatively fresh but very dead, and the ants were busy already. Still, it was a rare opportunity to see one of these stunning creatures so up close. And it was a somewhat strange meeting as we normally walk on the other side of the street, on the sidewalk.
The white arrow points to where the little one was lying. My guess is that it's a Little Brown Bat.
I phoned the Canadian Center for Wildlife (1-866-673-4781) to ask if they wanted him/her. The very nice fellow at the Centre said the bat probably died from trauma and that they don't normally collect specimens found along roadsides. Still, he took my information and said that they keep such reports on file so that if more dead bats are reported they have a history and can investigate if something appears to be wrong. I could, he said, either bag him and put him in the trash or leave him for the scavengers. I figured at least someone should benefit so left him there.
Poor little guy... hope it was at least quick. There seemed to be quite a bit of damage on the underside...