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White-nose syndrome comes to the West

This story first appeared on High Country News. The disease that’s wiped out at least 7 million bats in the East and Midwest has now jumped...

Year of the Bat: Colorado researchers not sleeping on white-nose syndrome

Fifteen months ago, the United Nations declared 2011 and 2012 as the International Year of the Bat to promote awareness about the under-appreciated insect gobbler, pollinator and seed disperser. The bat, you see, has fallen on hard times. There’s no easy way to explain this, so we hope you’re sitting down. Or upside down. Here it goes: Statistics show more than half of bat species in the United States are either suffering steep population declines or they are already listed as endangered. A major reason why is white-nose syndrome — a mysterious disease that is wiping out bats by the millions.

Congress goes batty: Omnibus bill commits $4 million to combat white-nose...

Congress last week allotted $4 million to study and combat the outbreak of white-nose syndrome — a mysterious and menacing disease that is killing off North American bats by the millions.