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Will lethal fungus wipe out little brown bats?

Ecotrope | Nov. 8, 2010 3:49 a.m. | Updated: Feb. 19, 2013 1:44 p.m.

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Bad news for brown bats in the Northeast. With 73 percent of the Northeast’s little brown bats dying in the past four years, a new study projects the species could go extinct in 16 years because of white-nose syndrome.

Researchers are worried about the disease moving westward, and federal agencies have taken action to prevent its spread by closing caves and funding new research into how the bat-killing fungus works so they can stop it in its tracks.

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