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Bat-Killing Fungus Now Found in 25 U.S. States

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The news for bats in the U.S. keeps getting worse. Last week conservation officials announced that the bat-killing white-nose syndrome (WNS) has been found in Michigan and Wisconsin. The disease, spread by the fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd), has now reached 25 states and five Canadian provinces since it first turned up in New York State [...]

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Bat-Killing Fungus Reaches South Carolina; Now Found in 21 States and 5 Provinces

bat with white-nose syndrome

A dead tri-colored bat (Perimyotis subflavus) found at Table Rock State Park in South Carolina has tested positive for Geomyces destructans, the deadly and mysterious fungus that has killed millions of bats since it was first observed in February 2006. The fungus has now been found in 21 U.S. states and five Canadian provinces. When [...]

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Could an Artificial Cave Help Protect Bats from Deadly Fungus?

Bats with white nose syndrome

The deadly fungal infection known as white-nose syndrome (WNS) has killed at least a million bats since it was first observed in 2006. In some areas more than 90 percent of the bats have been wiped out. Scientists have been behind the eight ball in their efforts to protect bats from this mysterious and devastating [...]

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As white-nose syndrome wipes out little brown bats, groups petition for emergency protection

More than one million bats have been killed by the deadly fungal infection known as white-nose syndrome (WNS) since the condition first turned up in 2006. One of the hardest hit species, the once-common little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus), might now face extinction as a result of the disease. As a result, scientists and conservation [...]

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Struck out: Fatal fungus could kill off U.S. Northeast’s little brown bats in 20 years

I recently came home from a two-week workshop in remote Vermont, where I was pleased to hear of my fellow students’ encounters there with bats. Several of the animals kept sneaking into one of the local hotels, and one curled up in a classmate’s hair for a few minutes’ nap. Although most people (including the [...]

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Deadly fungus spreads to ninth North American bat species

bats exhibiting signs of white-nose syndrome

The deadly fungal infection that afflicts bats known as white-nose syndrome (WNS) has now been found on another U.S. bat species, the ninth since the infection was first observed four years ago. According to the Center for Biological Diversity, WNS has now beset 20 percent of North America’s bat species. WNS’s latest victim is the [...]

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Bad news for bats: Deadly white-nose syndrome still spreading

Bats exhibiting signs of white-nose syndrome

The bat-killing fungal infection known as white-nose syndrome (WNS) has spread into Tennessee for the first time. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) has confirmed that infected bats were found in Worley’s cave in Sullivan County, where they had been hibernating. Most Tennessee caves were closed to visitors last spring to try to prevent WNS [...]

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Feds draft plan to help protect bats from deadly white-nose syndrome

bat with white-nose syndrome

Since its discovery in January 2007 the lethal fungal infection known as white-nose syndrome (WNS) has killed at many as 1.5 million bats in the U.S. Northeast. Now, as temperatures start to drop this autumn into the range where WNS operates at its optimal killing capacity, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) has drafted [...]

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Thousands of caves closed to protect bats from mysterious “white nose syndrome”

One month after the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service asked people to voluntarily stay out of caves in the Northeast to hopefully prevent the further spread of the deadly white-nose syndrome (WNS) that has already killed 500,000 bats, the U.S. Forest Service has taken things a step further, closing thousands of caves in 20 states [...]

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