LARKSVILLE — Randy Haines was reading in his recliner on the night of Aug. 27 when he heard his dog barking from the fenced-in back yard of his East Main Street home. “We’re very close. I know all his barks,” Haines said of the Jack Russell terrier named Rocco. “He knew something was wrong and alerted me.” “The bat hit me quicker than a rattlesnake, wrapped around my leg, bit me multiple times in a matter of seconds,” said Haines, 60. Scars on his calf and right hand still bear testament to last week’s battle, but they’re not the only reminder. “I called the Game Commission immediately. They came out to get the bat, sent it to the lab in Harrisburg, and the lab called me the next day and said it tested positive for rabies,” Haines said. “This is the first time I’ve ever heard of anyone being bitten by a hoary bat,” said William M. Williams, a supervisor with the Game Commission’s Northeast Region office in Dallas. Hoary bats are not common in Pennsylvania, but they do pass through the state when migrating between South America and Canada. Williams described them as tree bats, explaining that they tend to roost in trees high above the ground, and that they do not commonly intera...