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Bat cave study finds more white nose survival

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) A study in a Vermont cave has found that up to 96 percent of the little brown bats tagged with radio chips remained for the winter, an indication they are surviving exposure to white nose syndrome.

Separately, studies of bat maternity colonies in the Champlain Valley have found that little brown bats appear to be reproducing at rates faster than they are dying.

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It's good news in what has been a bleak decade for scientists studying white nose syndrome. 

Alyssa Bennett works for the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife. She says she believes the species is beginning to recover, but other species aren't doing as well. 

Jeremy Coleman of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says two sites in New York are seeing similar improvement.

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