Even More Bad News for Vermont's Bat Population | News | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice
Pin It
Favorite

Even More Bad News for Vermont's Bat Population 

It appears that white-nose syndrome (WNS), which has already decimated Vermont's bat population and has killed off tens of thousands of bats in New England, is only getting worse — as if bats didn't have it bad enough already, what with centuries of being demonized for their purported link to vampires and other blood-sucking spooks. 

Scientific American reported this week that Vermont has lost at least 95 percent of its bat population since WNS was first identified three years ago, and the deadly fungus continues to spread to other bat population. Last week, Tennessee became the 10th state to show signs of the infection. And that's bad news not only to the nocturnal flyers, but to anyone who relies on a balanced ecosystem, such as farmers and those of us who go outside on summer evenings and don't want to be eaten alive by mosquitoes.

Now, here's a thought: What if the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department grabbed ahold of the cape tails of America's current lust for all things vampiric — HBO's True Blood, Twilight, Ann Rice novels, etc. — to spread the word about this deadly disease? While there's still no effective tool for fighting WNS, there are some things the public can do to help out, especially since the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service now believes that WNS is spread by humans, including limiting access to their roosting sites. Check their website for more info.

Got something to say? Send a letter to the editor and we'll publish your feedback in print!

Tags: ,

Pin It
Favorite

More by Ken Picard

About The Author

Ken Picard

Ken Picard

Bio:
Ken Picard has been a Seven Days staff writer since 2002. He has won numerous awards for his work, including the Vermont Press Association's 2005 Mavis Doyle award, a general excellence prize for reporters.

Comments

Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

Seven Days moderates comments in order to ensure a civil environment. Please treat the comments section as you would a town meeting, dinner party or classroom discussion. In other words, keep commenting classy! Read our guidelines...

Note: Comments are limited to 300 words.

Social Club

Like Seven Days contests and events? Join the club!

See an example of this newsletter...

Keep up with us Seven Days a week!

Sign up for our fun and informative
newsletters:

All content © 2017 Da Capo Publishing, Inc. 255 So. Champlain St. Ste. 5, Burlington, VT 05401
Website powered by Foundation