A Bat-Killing Plague Marches Westward
July 15, 2012
The devastating white-nose syndrome (WNS) disease discussed in The Bat Scientists has killed more than 5.7 million bats. WNS has spread to 21 U.S. states and 4 Canadian provinces since it was discovered in a New York cave in 2006. Nine bat species have now been infected, including federally endangered Indiana bats and gray bats. Wildlife and park agencies continue to restrict access to caves to slow the spread of WNS, and researchers are exploring the possibility of treatments. However, so far no safe solution is on the horizon.
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