white nose syndrome
This is the first time the disease, which killed 6 million bats in the eastern U.S., has been detected on the West Coast.
Bats are our friends, and it would be ghoulish to think otherwise.
For the past decade, an epidemic called White-Nose Syndrome has had severe impacts on bat populations throughout North America. The fungus, Pseudogymnoascus destructans, feeds on soft tissues of bats such as their wings and noses.
It's unclear how WNS spreads from cave to cave, but scientists think it first invaded the U.S. via spores that stuck to the
Wildlife officials in Wisconsin said up to 95 percent of bats in contaminated caves and mines in other states have died. White
The fungus is thought to be an invader from Europe, where native bats are relatively immune to similar species of cave-dwelling
Without the timber rattler, the Northeast would lose its only rattlesnake, an important player in the region's forests (see
The disease is called white-nose syndrome. It is caused by a powdery white fungus that often coats the muzzles of its victims
The disease fatally affects seven hibernating base species including: little brown bat, big brown bat, northern long-eared
Under the plan, permit holders could explore caves if they agreed to decontamination and other measures designed to protect