26th 2008
Bats are dying

Posted under endangered species & wildlife (general)

This story has been around for a few weeks, but it’s just made it into the popular press: in a situation somewhat like that of the “Colony Collapse Disorder” that kills bees, millions of bats are being killed by something that has been termed “white-nose syndrome.”  The number of bats involved is staggeringly large, and another disastrous winter like 07-08 could lead to the total extinction of several kinds of endangered bats. And “the impact of the bats’ deaths could be felt for centuries to come. “These bats reproduce very, very slowly,” [a bat expert] said. “Whatever happens now, it could take hundreds of years for the populations to bounce back.”

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