A conservation group in the United States is trying to change the
long-standing image of bats as frightening creatures. The group
contends that bats are feared and persecuted solely because they are
shy animals that are active only at night.
Which of the following, if true, would cast the most serious doubt on
the accuracy of the group's contention?
(A) Bats are steadily losing natural roosting places such as caves
and hollow rees and are thus turning to more developed areas for
(B) Bats are the chief consumers of nocturnal insects and thus can
help make their hunting territory more pleasant for humans.
(C) Bats are regarded as frightening creatures not only in the United
States but also in Europe, Africa, and South America.
(D) Raccoons and owls are shy and active only at night; yet they are
not generally feared and persecuted.
(E) People know more about the behavior of other greatly feared
animal species, such as lions, alligators, and snakes, than they do
about the behavior of bats.