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Posted Tue Apr 19 2011: from Global Saskatoon:
Deadly bat-fungus shows up in Nova Scotia
The brown bat population in Nova Scotia is at risk of being wiped out if a lethal fungus spreads throughout the province. The Department of Natural Resources has reported its first case of white-nose syndrome, a fungus that can grow on the ears, nose and wings of hibernating bats. Nova Scotia is now the fourth province to see signs of the devastating illness.... Because the fungus thrives in the winter climate it disrupts the animal's seasonal sleeping patterns, causing them to exhibit irregular behavior. The bats wake up and search for food in daylight or in temperatures they're not acclimatized to, eventually starving to death. Only one bat has tested positive in for white-nose syndrome in Nova Scotia so far, in Hants County, but in neighbouring New Brunwick the disease has already led to 25 per cent of the brown bat population dying in one area.
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