A New Threat to Bats: White-Nose Syndrome

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A New Threat to Bats: White-Nose Syndrome

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Title:
A New Threat to Bats: White-Nose Syndrome
Creator:
Elliott, William Rawleigh, 1946---
Publisher:
Missouri Conservation Department
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Language:
English

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Bats ( local )
Environment ( local )
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United States

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General Note:
Perhaps you have heard of White-Nose Syndrome (WNS), a new disease of bats caused by an infectious fungus, Geomyces destructans. Maybe you saw the TV documentaries showing a carpet of dead bats in a Vermont cave. WNS, a disease that attacks the skin of cave-hibernating bats (but not humans or other wildlife), was discovered in New York State in 2006, and it spread from there. Like many invasive species and wildlife diseases, this fungus probably was accidentally introduced, in this case probably from Europe, where it infects bats without killing them. WNS rapidly spread throughout the northeastern U.S., down the Appalachians, and into Canada, and it has killed at least 1 million bats of six species. In some cases, 75-100 percent of the populations have died. Missourians value bats and other wildlife. Your Conservation Department has been on the lookout for WNS since 2009 because six of the nine species vulnerable to WNS occur in Missouri caves and abandoned underground mines. With more than 6,500 known caves and millions of bats in caves, forests, cities and farms, Missouri could lose a lot of nature's free benefits.
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Open Access - Permission by Author(s)
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(2011)
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http://mdc.mo.gov/conmag/2011/08/new-threat-bats-white-nose-syndrome

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Perhaps you have heard of White-Nose Syndrome (WNS), a new
disease of bats caused by an infectious fungus, Geomyces
destructans. Maybe you saw the TV documentaries showing a
carpet of dead bats in a Vermont cave. WNS, a disease that
attacks the skin of cave-hibernating bats (but not humans or
other wildlife), was discovered in New York State in 2006,
and it spread from there. Like many invasive species and
wildlife diseases, this fungus probably was accidentally
introduced, in this case probably from Europe, where it
infects bats without killing them. WNS rapidly spread
throughout the northeastern U.S., down the Appalachians, and
into Canada, and it has killed at least 1 million bats of six
species. In some cases, 75-100 percent of the populations
have died.
Missourians value bats and other wildlife. Your
Conservation Department has been on the lookout for WNS since
2009 because six of the nine species vulnerable to WNS occur
in Missouri caves and abandoned underground mines. With more
than 6,500 known caves and millions of bats in caves,
forests, cities and farms, Missouri could lose a lot of
nature's free benefits.


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