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White fungus marks the muzzles of many sick bats (Photo: Al Hicks, NYSDEC)
White fungus marks the muzzles of many sick bats (Photo: Al Hicks, NYSDEC)

Bat disease delays construction of North Country wind farm

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White nose syndrome has killed tens of thousands of bats in New York. The disease has spread to Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut, as well. It spread quickly among bats as they huddled together, hibernating in caves over the winter. Researchers found whole colonies, dead, with a puzzling white fungus around their snouts.
Surviving bats are now hunting insects from summer roosts in eaves and trees, as scientists scramble for answers about what killed so many so quickly. Biologists are particularly worried about the impact of 'white nose' on Indiana bats, already on the U.S. endangered species list. The developer of a proposed wind farm in Jefferson County is now holding off on construction as researchers scramble to find out what effect wind turbines have on the bats. Jonathan Brown reports.

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