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Scientists Create Genetic Record of Threatened Bat Colonies

Sunday, March 08, 2009

A mysterious ailment called “White-nose syndrome” continues to decimate bat populations across the Northeast. So scientists have begun collecting tissue from infected caves, creating a genetic record of bat colonies that could vanish completely. As part of a collaboration with Northeast stations, Brian Mann of North Country Public Radio reports.

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Paul Kapoian from Mahwah, NJ

I happened to come across Brian Mann's article in the March/April 2011 edition of Adirondack Life magazine regarding the bat population in the Adriondacks and wanted him to know that this exact same phenomena has been occurring in Bergen County, NJ (Northern NJ) over the past 3 years. Populations in the 100,000's in mines across our area have been decimated by this "white-nose syndrome". I believe the State of NJ has received funds to investigate this incredible decline in population. Where I once could see several dozen bats flying in my backyard at dusk, over the last 2 years, I haven't seen one bat. It is only this year out of the past 3 that I've actually seen a bat in my backyard! Obviously, this fungi is far more reaching that anyone has ever thought and we need to find out what is causing this and reverse it before the entire population of bats are gone.

Jun. 23 2011 02:54 PM

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