White-Nose Syndrome Infected Bats Surviving

June 19, 2011 / United States, North America
Little Brown Bat with White-Nose Syndrome

Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

A study recently released reveals evidence that bats are surviving White-nose sydrome and even continuing to reproduce.

A maternity colony of little brown bats in northern New York was monitored in both 2009 and 2010 to look at the impacts of WNS. Although the numbers of the colony continued to decline during the research period, at least 12 female bats survived multiple years despite exposure to WNS.

The results gave evidence that at least 14 of 20 recaptured female little browns were able to heal from wing damage and infection within a given year. In addition, “seven of eight recaptures from both May to August 2009, and May to July 2010 showed evidence of reproduction.”

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