MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Just about everyone is loving our unusually-warm February. But the mild temperatures are posing a serious risk to some Minnesota residents.

Officials at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota say bats are waking up early from hibernation due to the early warmth.

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This sudden end to hibernation is dangerous for the bats, who are running low on fat reserves and will quickly expend their supply due to their extremely high metabolism.

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WRCMN officials are asking homeowners who find bats inside their homes to safely capture them and bring them to the rehabilitation center.

They suggest taking a quart-sized container, poking holes in the lid and placing a crumpled-up paper towel at the bottom.

Quietly approach the bat, gently and quickly use a rolled-up magazine to slide the bat into the container, then seal it with the ventilated lid.

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Call WRCMN at 651-486-9453 if you have questions about trapping a bat, and click here for more information.