Mysterious White-Nose Syndrome Is Killing Bats Across The U.S.

White Nose BatmanHoly Fungus, Batman! Reports David Wrights and Jonann Brady of ABC NEWS:

A mysterious fungus is killing off thousands of bats around the country. Scientists are calling it white-nose syndrome, because of the distinctive white smudges on the noses and wings of infected bats.

White-nose itself doesn’t kill bats, but it disturbs their sleep so that they end their hibernation early. During the winter there are no insects to eat, so the bats literally starve to death.

Bats may be one of Mother Nature’s least cuddly creatures, but they are ecologically important, keeping mosquitos and insects that attack crops in check.

Researchers say the syndrome has killed upward of half a million bats from New England to Virginia.

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4 Comments on "Mysterious White-Nose Syndrome Is Killing Bats Across The U.S."

  1. First the bees
    Then the bats
    Should be our turn soon!

    History suggests it may be related to human activity

    • Anarchy Pony | Jan 19, 2012 at 12:28 pm |

      It is, the fungus is thought to be european in origin, something that north american bats have no evolutionary defense against and was likely delivered to our shores recently via international trade.

  2. Rex Vestri | Jan 19, 2012 at 12:31 pm |

    Bats with coke habits?

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