The U.S. Geological Survey's National Wildlife Health Center recently verified the white-nose syndrome (WNS) in a little brown bat. The white-nose syndrome is a disease caused by a fungus and has killed millions of bats in North America.
Since the dawn of the 21st century bats, have been dying at an alarming rate. After combing through hundreds of years of data, researchers found humans may be making matters worse by installing wind turbines all over the world. And the spread of white-nosed syndrome across North America is certainly wiping out populations, too.
While bats in Europe are relatively unaffected by white-nose syndrome, the disease has emptied many North American caves of their bat populations. A recent study has found it in Chinese caves too.
White nose syndrome (WNS) has been a rampant problem for nearly a decade, resulting in a decline of many bat colonies in North America. Now researchers are surprised to learn that a bacteria that naturally grows on the skin of some bats could be a powerful weapon against the deadly fungus.
White nose syndrome (WNS) has been a rampant problem in the United States for nearly a decade, resulting in a decline of many little brown bat colonies by a stunning 90 to 100 percent. However, exactly how this natural epidemic is killing these bats so efficiently remained a mystery, until now.
Employees of Vermont's largest power company were surprised to find that they have become a bunch of bat minders, after a group of very endangered bats decided that the Otter Creek hydroelectric station in Middlebury was an ideal roosting ground. Amazingly, the company doesn't mind one bit.
Researchers have good news about little brown bats in Vermont. It appears that a small colony of the tiny bats who hibernated in a Dorset cave last winter slept easy, showing no signs of the white nose syndrome (WNS) that has been causing brown bats across the country to wake and die during winter months.