Okay, one last bat photo, but this one is serious and sad. This is a picture of a little brown bat hibernating in a cave in West Virginia. If you are familiar with the little brown bat (as you should be, seeing as how it lives just about everywhere) then you’ll know that they aren’t supposed to have white fur around their noses. This little buddy has a white nose fungal infection that will wake him from hibernation halfway through, in the middle of winter, thus killing him. This is an epidemic among bats. As of Spring 2010, it has been found in over 115 caves from Oklahoma to Tennessee to Quebec and Ontario and, quite literally, everything in between. It has reached a mortality rate as high as 90% in some caves and is killing off the Little Brown Bat. While the Little Brown isn’t the only bat effected by White Nose Syndrome, it is one of the most common bats in the United States, currently having a conservation status of “Least Concern.” They could be extinct within 20 years. All of them. Gone.
Very little is known about White Nose Syndrome, and it’s something that many of you probably have never heard about. That’s what I’m trying to do here, educate people so that we can somehow stop this.
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