Almost all the little brown bats that went into hibernation in a Dorset cave last winter after being tagged with radio chips spent time there until spring, said researchers. It is a very good sign for the bats, meaning white nose syndrome did not affect them. The syndrome is a matter of worry for the bats because it leads them to wake from hibernation, fly into the frigid winter and die.
The researchers also found that little brown bats are reproducing at a rate much faster than their death rate. The conclusion was based on the results researchers derived from bat maternity colonies in the Champlain Valley.