North American bat species are in deep trouble, thanks to a small fungus pseudogymnoascus destructans that grows on the body parts of hibernating bats, causing what is known as White Nose Syndrome. Bat colonies infected with White Nose Syndrome can experience mortality rates as high as 90%. Scientists around the globe have been scrambling to […]
MADISON (WORT) — A new study by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources found that a deadly fungal disease has rapidly spread in bats across the state. And, while they can’t send up an actual bat signal to announce their distress, scientists are studying them in hopes of coming to the rescue. Molly Stentz has the story.
First ash trees, now bats. Wisconsin was one of the last holdouts against White Nose Syndrome, a fungus that has devastated bat populations. No longer. Biologist David Blehert tells us what this could mean for Wisconsin’s flying mammals.