New Hampshire... White Nose Syndrome Taking Huge Toll on Bats

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Thu, 04/15/2010 - 4:55pm.

A mysterious disease is decimating New Hampshire's bat population... A winter survey of the state's bats shows white nose syndrome is taking a toll on five of the state's eight species.

Wildlife officials say the statewide bat population is down 66 percent since last year. In in ice-sealed mine in Grafton County, the survey showed 96 bats died and others showed signs of the disease. However in a smaller, heavily flooded mine, the population increased by 12 and there was very little sign of the disease.

White nose syndrome was first discovered in a New York cave in 2006. It has now spread to at least 11 states, including Vermont.

Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy recently urged the U.S. Interior Department to increase funding for research into white nose syndrome. He said there's danger the disease will spread across the country.

April 13, 2010 - source WCAXNews

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