Bat population near extinction in U.S. Northeast

January 30, 2012PENNSYLVANIAThe little brown bat could be wiped out in the northeastern United States within the next decade by white-nose syndrome according to new projections. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says that since 2006, when white-nose syndrome was initially discovered, as many as 6.7 million bats have died from that disease. Bats control pests on farms and in forests and serve as important pollinators. Spokeswoman Ann Froschauer says some bat species are affected more than others, but typically the fungal disease is 80 to 85 percent fatal. “The little brown bat in the northeast is right around 90 percent mortality right now,” Froschauer said. “So… that doesn’t leave a lot of bats to try to repopulate. So there continues to be problems for the remaining bats.” Some caves in Pennsylvania that have been tracked are even worse. For instance, in Bucks County, the Durham caves had nearly 7,400 bats in 2004. In 2011, only 161 bats were counted — a stunning 98 percent loss over seven years. These were once home to one of the largest wild bat populations in the state. Other tracked Pennsylvania caves aren’t any better. Three caves had bats in the single digits. One cave had no bats at all. Froschauer says even with current efforts to repopulate bats, it could take centuries to bring them back to previous levels. Bats can only produce about one baby per year. –Essential Public Radio
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11 Responses to Bat population near extinction in U.S. Northeast

  1. Irene C says:

    That is so sad. We have bats that fly around our neighborhood feasting on the mosquitoes. They are amazing animals.

    Maranatha

  2. Have been keeping an eye out on this news item for years. Like the honeybee, we have seen their population dwindle here in West Virginia as well. It is very sad. I live next to a swampy bottom and enjoy watching them come out to feed. Ten years ago you could watch 20-30 of them in action, but now I am lucky to see 4-5. I hope and pray for a solution to this problem.

  3. Suzanne says:

    Oh my goodness. They can have some of our bats…
    signed
    Austin

  4. Sam says:

    could be cell phone towers.

  5. callyrox says:

    The beggining of the Electrical Storms Related to the Current pressure on our Magnetic field :)! <3 Alvin xD

  6. Melissa Jacobs says:

    This is very sad! I love the bats that come out every night and eat all the mosquitoes, gnats and other insects. They are so important to our organic farm, and with the loss of so many bee colonies, we will all soon be feeling the sting at the grocery store. Our interconnectedness with all life is getting harder for even the most determined disbeliever to ignore. Is there anything we can do to protect these little creatures from this disease Alvin?

    • No, there isn’t. I wrote about this in my book along with the implication if it worsens, which it has. It’s one of the clearest indications that another extinction is occurring on this planet. Bats represent 1/4 of all mammals on the planet. It’s an unfantomable lost of what’s occurring. Bats have a voracious appetite for consuming disease vectors, like mosquitoes. White nose syndrome is a fungus; one of the same culprits, along with enviromental toxins, believed to be contributing to CCD extinction in bees. We live on a planet that’s mostly temperate, nearly covered with water and is being innundated by cosmic rays- all catalyst for the explosive growth of microrganisms like fungi, molds and yeast.

  7. Sandi RImer says:

    We would like to help in any way to keep these beautiful creatures alive and well. We built a bat house a few years ago, and this is the first year we haven’t had any bats return.

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