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SAN ANTONIO-- Bat Conservation International said a proposed development south of Bracken Cave Reserve is a bad idea.

The project would include 4500 single family homes, according to www.galoproperties.com.

GALO Properties'website describes Crescent Hills as a 2,778 acre residential and mixed used development. It's located northeast of San Antonio at the crossing of FM 3009 and the proposed Evans Road extension, which will provide a new east-west corridor between I-35 and Highway 281.

GALOProperties has not returned phone calls toKENS5.

It's believed the Bracken Cavebats represent the largest concentration of mammals on Earth. Millions of Mexican free-tailed batsmake the reserve their summer home. From March through Octoberten millionbats emerge at night and hunt for insects.

Bat Conservation International said the subdivision is south of the reserve, in the twice-daily flight path of the bats.

The group predictsthe new subdivision so close to the reserve would create a threat to public safety. They plan to show up at City Hall on May 29 at 6 p.m. to explain their concerns before council members.

For more information go to www.batcon.org

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