Nearly 7 million bats may have died from white-nose fungus, officials say

First detected in a cave near Albany, NY in 2006, white-nose syndrome is responsible for the deaths of up to an estimated 6.7 million bats.

Bat deaths have been reported in 16 mostly northeastern states in the US and Canada.

Named white-nose syndrome because of a white powdery fungus attached to the bats nose and bodies, the fungus eats through the skin and membranes of the bats during hibernation.

For more information on bats and white-nose syndrome, click here.

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Nearly 7 million bats may have died from white-nose fungus, officials say
North American Bat Death Toll Exceeds 5.5 Million From White-nose Syndrome

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