Scott Darling, wildlife biologist with the Vermont Fish And Wildlife Department, talks with Vermont Edition about the status of White Nose Syndrome in Vermont and a test program that relocates healthy bats to a location in Maine to save them from the disease.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will consider protecting two species of bats that
have been threatened by "white nose syndrome." That’s a disease that has quickly spread through many
bat species and killed more than one million animals.
The federal government has
launched a plan to combat white nose syndrome, the disease that has killed more
than a million bats over the past few years. And research continues into the spread of the disease, how to manage it and how to protect bats.
State fish and wildlife officials are hoping homeowners will help insure the survival of the once-common little brown bat. Populations of the species have plummeted
in recent years due to a disease known as white-nose syndrome.