Declining Bats

Curious and Befuddled

The Secret Bataclysm: White Nose Syndrome and Extinction

We need bats; but our bats are dying. In Spring 2006, 6.5 million Little Brown Bats (Myotis lucifugus) lived in the Eastern US, making them America’s most common wild mammal species. Later that same year, thousands of little bodies were discovered strewn outside caves near New Albany, New York. Bats were dying in catastrophic numbers.

Eight years later, millions of bats have died, and still continue to die. Little Brown Bats are now listed as a “threatened species” in multiple states. This is “the most precipitous decline of North American wildlife in recorded history.” And yet, public outcry over the loss of bats has been strangely muted.

What’s the cause of these deaths? Read more here.


  

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