Bat killer moves west
Since white-nose syndrome was discovered in a New York cave in 2006, it has decimated bat populations from the Northeast almost to the Mississippi River. Researchers who counted bats in 42 areas across five states found that those populations had been reduced by 88 percent. Read related article.
Sources: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bat Research News, Bat Conservation International. Bonnie Berkowitz and Gene Thorp/The Washington Post.