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White-nose Syndrome spreads in Wisconsin

Wisconsin sites see 30-100 percent decreases; Call goes out to report surviving bats this summer

MADISON – A bat disease that has raced across the eastern U.S. and Canada and killed upwards of 7 million bats is following the same pattern in Wisconsin, winter hibernacula surveys show.

Twenty-four of 28 counties with known bat hibernacula are now confirmed to have bats infected with white-nose syndrome or the fungus that causes it, and sites in their second and third year of infection are seeing population decreases of 30 to 100 percent.

 

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