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Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 12:56pm

White-Nose Syndrome Threatens Bats

Updated: 3 years ago.
A disease known as white-nose syndrome is killing thousands of bats every year in the northeast. And it’s spreading south. It hasn’t made it to Georgia yet, but wildlife officials are watching – and waiting – for the mysterious fungus to start showing up on bats here. (Photo Courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via Flickr.)

A disease known as white-nose syndrome is killing thousands of bats every year in the northeast. And it’s spreading south. It hasn’t made it to Georgia yet, but wildlife officials are watching – and waiting – for the mysterious fungus to start showing up on bats here.

Trina Morris, a wildlife biologist at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, told GPB’s Joshua Stewart why the syndrome is so serious.

NOTE: See more about bats and their battle against white-nose syndrome on Georgia Outdoors premiering Friday, May 20 at 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 21 at 6 p.m.

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