Scientists say Little Brown Bats are in BIG trouble

Two common species of bats in Michigan are struggling to stay healthy. Certain  Little Brown Bat  and  Northern Long Eared Bat  populations have contracted a deadly fungus called White Nose Syndrome. It’s an invasive disease that has spread to 29 states and five Canadian provinces. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently awarded a million dollars in grant funding to Michigan and other states to help mitigate the devastating impact of the fungus. Fish and Wildlife Spokesman Jonathan Reichard says hibernating colonies have been wiped out by the fungus, which consumes body fat and triggers a deadly immune responses

Image credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Amy Miller

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Amy has been working in public and commercial radio for the last 30 yrs. She is an award winning reporter and news anchor, born and raised in Detroit.

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