|Bats with White Nose Syndrome – Mary Cummins|
USA Today ran an article June 26 with updates on white nose syndrome. Interesting mixed news.
“Over the past winter, wildlife experts reported from the symposium, more points about the syndrome have become clear:
•The fungus appears identical to one seen on bats in much smaller colonies found in Europe, and spreads bat-to-bat during hibernation.
•Some bats, banded in studies, survive several years after an infection, raising hopes that the syndrome isn’t inevitably deadly.
•A few bat species, such as Virginia Big-Eared bats, appear not to decline in great numbers despite infections.”
Scientists have noted that the bats don’t die off as much in smaller colonies. “Their small numbers don’t provide the fungus enough sustenance to ramp up its attacks as it does feeding off tens of thousands of bats in larger colonies, he says.”
“One area of research, Blehert says, is into whether different cave humidity levels, or simply fewer bat hibernation months, prevent the fungus from wreaking as much havoc on bats in more temperate states.”
I believe this means that certain hibernating bat species will survive. Most likely they will be bats that hibernate for less time in more temperate climates in smaller colonies. I believe this is what happened to the bats in Europe when they encountered White Nose Syndrome. Some bats will survive.
~Mary Cummins, Animal Advocates
Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game and the USDA. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.
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