Wednesday, April 15, 2009

'Catastrophic' bat deaths in Massachusetts

The White Nose Syndrome is wreaking havoc in certain bat populations in the United States. This story from Massachusetts says that in some cases, mortality has been up to 95 or 100 percent! What is more of a concern is that the exact cause and progression of the syndrome is not understood. Researchers have found a cold-loving white fungus associated with the epidemic but it has not been identified conclusively as the cause. See more details in the full story from The Berkshire Eagle.