News – bats and white nose syndrome, Mary Cummins

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.


About Mary Cummins Animal Advocates Real Estate Appraiser

Mary Cummins is President of Animal Advocates. She is licensed with the California Department of Fish & Game, USDA and the City of Los Angeles to rescue and rehabilitate wildlife. Cummins speaks to local community groups and students about respecting wildlife and humane wildlife control. She is also a Humane Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator. She has written manuals on small mammal rehabilitation besides numerous articles. She was born and raised in Southern California. She attended Beverly Hills Good Shepherd Catholic School and Beverly Hills High School. Besides being a member of Junior Mensa and on the Dean's list, she was a top ten national swimmer and competed on the men's water polo team. She began college at the age of 15 attending the University of Southern California on scholarship, majoring in Psychology/Sociology. After college Cummins became a licensed real estate agent specializing in income property in Los Angeles. She obtained her real estate appraisal license, real estate brokerage license and currently does real estate consulting, expert witness testimony and review appraisals at Cummins Real Estate Services.
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