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2009-05-02 11:20:00

A fungus, which has reportedly already killed an estimated 500,000 bats, is causing the U.S. Forest Service to close thousands of caves and former mines in national forests in 33 states in an attempt to control the problem. The problem was first noticed in New York and after two years had spread to caves in both Virginia and West Virginia. 99% of the bats infected have died. While there is no reason to believe the fungus poses a threat to humans, bats have been dying at a startling rate from...

2009-03-29 15:26:34

Scientists say they are racing to discover what it is causing a massive die-off of bats in Connecticut before the condition spreads to the U.S. South. As many as 90 percent of Connecticut's bats have died during winter hibernation after being infected by a rare fungus usually only found in Arctic tundra regions, and scientists are working to find a cause before the white-nose syndrome is spread to the large bat populations of the U.S. South, The Hartford (Conn.) Courant reported Sunday. The...

2009-03-02 14:58:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As Pennsylvania Game Commission wildlife biologists continue to monitor bat hibernacula, the number of sites where bats have been confirmed infected or dying from White Nose Syndrome (WNS) has risen to six. The sites are two abandoned mines near Carbondale, Lackawanna County; an abandoned mine near Shickshinny, Luzerne County; and the abandoned Shindle Iron Mine, Aitkin Cave and Seawra Cave in Mifflin County. "We continue to receive...

2009-02-03 14:42:00

Stricken bats die in and around their hibernation quarters at two abandoned mines. Game Commission seeks public's help in identifying other sites. HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was written by Joe Kosack, Wildlife Conservation Education Specialist, Pennsylvania Game Commission: Several hundred little brown bats are dead from White-Nose Syndrome (WNS) in Lackawanna County, and the Pennsylvania Game Commission is looking to residents for help uncovering...

2009-01-23 17:33:08

A lethal condition that has been killing bats in New York for two years has spread into New Jersey and Pennsylvania, wildlife authorities said Friday. The discovery of hundreds of dead bats and the expansion of white-nose syndrome has left people with a kind of helpless feeling, Mick Valent, a zoologist with the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, told the Newark Star-Ledger. You can't start treating something when you don't know the cause of it. First detected in New York in early...

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2008-10-31 09:15:00

A nasty fungus is killing hundreds of thousands of bats in the northeastern United States, scientists said Thursday. The previously unknown fungus thrives in chilly temperatures. It's a white, powdery-looking organism found on the muzzles, ears and wings of dead and dying bats hibernating in caves in New York, Maine, Vermont and Connecticut. The study was published in the journal Nature. "Essentially, hibernating bats are getting moldy as they hang from their cave ceiling," David Blehert,...

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2008-10-17 11:00:00

Streams that once sang with the croaks, chirps and ribbits of dozens of frog species have gone silent. They're victims of a fungus that's decimating amphibian populations worldwide. Such catastrophic declines have been documented for more than a decade, but until recently scientists knew little about how the loss of frogs alters the larger ecosystem. A University of Georgia study that is the first to comprehensively examine an ecosystem before and after an amphibian population decline has...

2008-10-08 06:00:34

By Lyndsay Moss Health Correspondent PATIENTS undergoing surgery in Scotland will be able to see the death rate for the surgeon treating them after new figures were published yesterday. The statistics run from 2004 to 2007 , but experts said the "crude" data came with a "health warning" as it did not consider the types of operations being carried out or the severity of patients' illness. ISD (Information Services Division) Scotland, which publishes health statistics on a range of...

2008-08-11 18:00:58

POTTSTOWN, Pa., Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Diane's Discount Pet Supplies and Adoption Center announced today the opening of the Affordable Spay Neuter Clinic, located in the lower level of the retailer's Route 100 business in Pottstown, PA. The Clinic's mission is to help decrease the overwhelming pet overpopulation problem by providing affordable sterilizations for pets and feral cats in the region. "We are trying to take away cost as the reason for not having one's pet sterilized," says...

2008-07-10 06:00:16

By Candace Jarrett, Florence Morning News, S.C. Jul. 10--The Census Bureau's newly released figures show the population rate in the Pee Dee has remained stagnant since 2000 with few increases or decreases in cities and towns. "City population has not changed in the last 50 years or so in South Carolina," said Michael Macfarlane of SC State Data Center Office of Research and Statistics. Statistics for the Pee Dee show those cities or towns that have had a decline in population are the...