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Wed., Jan. 18, 2012, 10:48 a.m.

Fungus’ toll on bats higher than estimated

Little brown bat with white-nose syndrome photographed in New York.
 (Al Hicks / NY Dept. of Environmental Conservation )
Little brown bat with white-nose syndrome photographed in New York. (Al Hicks / NY Dept. of Environmental Conservation )

WILDLIFE -- Bad news for bats on this scale is bad news for all of us.  Check out this update from the Los Angeles Times on a story that's been brewing for several years.

Researchers say white-nosed syndrome killed millions more bats than estimated
A team of 140 researchers from Canada and the United States say white-nose syndrome, a fungus blamed in the death of a broad range of hibernating bat species, has killed somewhere between 5.7 million to 6.7 million bats.




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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