Bat cave study finds more white nose survival

July 6, 2014 1:23 PM

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MONTPELIER, Vt. — Nearly all the little brown bats that hibernated in a Dorset cave last winter and were tagged with radio chips remained there until spring, an indication they weren't affected by white nose syndrome, a disease that causes bats to wake from hibernation, fly into the frigid winter and die.

Coupled with information from bat maternity colonies in the Champlain Valley that little brown bats appear to be reproducing at rates faster than they are dying, it's a bit of good news in what has been a bleak decade for scientists studying white nose syndrome.

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