8 Types of Bats In Saskatchewan! (2024)

How can anyone in Saskatchewan think that bats are scary?

bats in Saskatchewan

Despite what you see in the movies, these fascinating flying mammals wouldn’t hurt a fly! Well, technically, they would hurt a fly, or a mosquito, or a moth. But other than that, bats are harmless. 🙂

It’s hard to believe the diversity and amount of bat species that can be found in Saskatchewan! But, unfortunately, when you see a bat, it’s typically pretty difficult to determine which kind it is. These nocturnal creatures fly incredibly fast and are only active at night.

8 kinds of bats in Saskatchewan:


#1. Big Brown Bat

  • Eptesicus fuscus

bats in Saskatchewan

  • It is a larger bat with around a 12-inch (30 cm) wingspan.
  • Brown fur with black ears, wings, and feet. Wings are hairless.

Big Brown Bats are among the most common bats in Saskatchewan.

If you look, you’ll find these bats inside caves, tunnels, or other human structures.

Big Brown Bat Range Map

big brown bat range map

This nocturnal bat primarily eats insects, especially ones that fly at night. However, their preference is to eat beetles.

The Cucumber Beetle is their favorite, which benefits farmers because these insects are terrible pests for agriculture. Many farmers in Saskatchewan even use bat boxes to attract Big Brown Bats to their property!

Interestingly, many Big Brown Bats have immunity to rabies. Researchers discovered that these rabies antibodies get passed down from generation to generation!

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#2. Hoary Bat

  • Lasiurus cinereus
bats in Saskatchewan
Hoary bat. (2023, March 29). In Wikipedia.
  • Brown hair with grayish-white tips. Wings and belly are brown and hairless, with a wingspan of approximately 15.5 inches (39 cm).
  • Males are almost double the size of females.

You’ll typically find Hoary Bats in Saskatchewan roosting on trees in woodland forests. They are solitary bats that roost in open foliage. They do form “flocks” when migrating south in late summer, but they don’t hang out with other bats normally.

Hoary Bat Range Map

hoary bat range map

This species prefers to hunt for prey while flying over wide-open areas or lakes. Hoary Bats hunt alone and enjoy eating moths. They’re known to travel up to 24 miles (39 km) in a single night to gather food!

Though the Hoary Bat is not endangered, it does suffer a loss in numbers because of wind turbines. Hoarys migrate each year back and forth from North America to Central America, and it’s thought that they confuse the wind turbine with a tree as they seek a place to rest.


#3. Silver-haired Bat

  • Lasionycteris noctivagans
bats in Saskatchewan
© Jeff Bartlett
  • Medium-sized with a flathead. The upper part of the tail is covered in thick fur.
  • Mostly black all over with white tips on hairs, with a wingspan of approximately 11.5 inches (29 cm).

This species is known to fly more slowly than other bats in Saskatchewan.

Look for Silver-haired Bats in forests inside tree cavities or bark crevices. They’ve also been known to seek shelter in outbuildings.

Silver-haired Bat Range Map

silver haired bat range map

Silver-haired Bats hunt for soft-bodied insects, such as moths. Interestingly, they also eat a lot of spiders. They accomplish this feat by foraging low to the ground to find food, unlike many other bats.


#4. Little Brown Bat

  • Myotis lucifugus

bats in Saskatchewan

  • Glossy brown fur on the body. Wings are hairless and black, with a wingspan of approximately 10 inches (25 cm).
  • Despite its name, it has no connection to the Big Brown Bat.

Look for the Little Brown Bat roosting in Saskatchewan in sheltered places such as human structures, woodpiles, tree hollows, and occasionally caves.

You can even attract Little Brown Bats to your yard! Many people put up bat houses to attract them to their property to control pests like mosquitos or insects that harm crops.

Little Brown Bat Range Map

Little brown bat. (2023, October 27). In Wikipedia.

Distribution of all little brown bat subspecies: M. l. lucifugus (red), M. l. pernox (green), M. l. alascensis (blue), M. l. carissima (yellow), M. l. relictus (gray)

Little Brown Bats only have a few natural predators, like owls or raccoons. Unfortunately, most of their mortality is caused by parasites or White-nose syndrome.

White-nose syndrome is a fungal disease that grows around the bats’ mouths, ears, and wings. This illness is spread during hibernation and is responsible for the loss of over one million Little Brown Bats between 2006 and 2011. As of 2018, the Little Brown Bat is an endangered species.


#5. Eastern Red Bat

  • Lasiurus borealis

  • Medium-sized tree bat with thick, long fur. Ears are short and round. Wings are long, pointed, and have a wingspan of approximately 13 inches (33 cm).
  • Males have distinctive rusty red-colored fur, and females have more of a soft shade of red.
  • Both have white patches of fur on their shoulder.

Eastern Red Bats like to roost in trees in Saskatchewan.

These bats are relatively fast flyers with good maneuverability. They are insectivorous, which means they prey primarily on different insects, with their favorite being moths.

Eastern Red Bat Range Map

eastern red bat range map

Unlike most bats that only produce one offspring, Eastern Red Bats have three pups in a litter.

Eastern Red Bats have few predators. However, sometimes hawks, aggressive Blue Jays, and crows attack them. This bat is also killed by flying into cars or wind turbines. Unfortunately, this species has the second-highest mortality rate from wind turbines.


#6. Northern Long-eared Bat

  • Myotis septentrionalis
Myotis septentrionalis. (2023, October 9). In Wikipedia.
  • Fur and wing membranes are tan, with black ears and black wings: long tail and a wingspan up to 10 inches (25 cm).
  • Look for their long, pointed ears.
  • Also called the Northern Myotis.

Northern Long-eared Bats are found in Saskatchewan in forested habitats with spruce and pine trees. They typically roost in trees during the summer and switch to a new roost every other day. In the fall, these bats migrate to caves to hibernate with other species of bats.

Northern Long-eared Bat Range Map

northern long eared bat range map

Northern Long-eared Bats have incredibly accurate echolocation calls, which helps them navigate their dense forest environments.

Unlike most bats, Northern Long-eared Bats capture their prey by plucking them from a surface rather than catching them in flight. They eat insects, with moths being their favorite.

Sadly, the Northern Long-eared Bat has been threatened by White-nose syndrome, a fungal disease that kills many bats. This disease has decreased their population by 99%. Click play to learn more below!

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#7. Western Small-footed Myotis

  • Myotis ciliolabrum
© Colin Croft
  • Smaller bat, with yellowish-brown fur and sometimes white underparts.
  • The muzzle, chin, and ears are black. Ears are also long. Their wingspan is approximately 9 inches (23 cm).
  • Feet are tiny, just as their name suggests.

The Western Small-footed Bat is found in semi-arid habitats in Saskatchewan.

Though this bat is a slower flyer, it can maneuver well. The Western Small-footed Bat tends to feed close to the water, searching for insects like beetles, moths, and flies.

Western Small-footed Bat Range Map

western small footed myotis range map

Western Small-footed Bat females roost in groups, and males roost alone, but both hibernate in winter in solitude.


#8. Long-eared Myotis

  • Myotis evotis
Long-eared myotis. (2023, August 18). In Wikipedia.
  • Their face and ears are black. The fur on their back ranges from yellowish to dark brown. The wingspan is approximately 10 inches (25 cm).
  • Long dark ears, which is how they got their name.

This bat is found in woodlands, shrublands, grasslands, and agricultural areas. This species leaves its roosts in rocky regions, dead trees, caverns, and buildings to forage insects in dense vegetation.

Long-eared Myotis Range Map

long eared myotis range map

The Long-eared Myotis is active longer at night than most other bats, hunting closer to the ground as the night gets cooler.

Unlike other bats in Saskatchewan, the Long-eared Myotis often turns off echolocation when hunting. Instead, their long ears help them HEAR prey the old-fashioned way. Click play below to see an example!

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Do you need additional help identifying bats in Saskatchewan?

If so, this field guide should be able to help you.


Which of these bats have you seen before in Saskatchewan?

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