US bat species devastated by fungus now listed as endangered


A bat species devastated by a fungal disease has joined the endangered species list. The northern long eared bat was classified as threatened in 2015, but the U.S. fish and wildlife service has now declared it an endangered species driven to the brink of extinction by white nose syndrome, a fungal disease that has killed millions of bats among a dozen species attacking their wings, muscles, and ears. It causes bats to come out of hibernation too early. If you live on bob's beetles and other insects, that's not good for your survival. White nose syndrome has spread across nearly 80% of the bast geographical range in 37 states and Canada. Fish and wildlife officials say they will work with timber companies and landowners to protect trees where bats nest and seek cooperation from the wind energy industry to reduce bat strikes by wind turbines. I'm Jennifer King

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