BC Bats has forwarded the following caution: “Bats will drink from pools, and like other wildlife, they can get stuck in the water and not be able to get out past the overhanging pool edge. Having a towel, stick, or purpose-built device hanging into a pool will offer an escape route.” See photo above.
If it can be safely removed from the pool using a skimmer or other long-handled device, kindly place it in an area safe from predators, like cats or raccoons. Up in a tree or somewhere else high above the ground, is perfect. As always, if you find a stranded bat, do not touch it with your bare hands, and be sure to report any scratches or bites to a medical professional within 24 hours.