Endangered Species Program
Conserving the Nature of America

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In a race against time, researchers at the University of Tennessee are working to save America's bats from possible extinction.

In February 2006, some 40 miles west of Albany, NY, a caver photographed hibernating bats with an unusual white substance on their muzzles. He noticed several dead bats. The following winter, New York Department of Environmental Conservation biologists documented what they called whitenose syndrome after seeing bats behaving erratically, bats with white noses and a few hundred dead bats in several caves. More than a million hibernating bats have died since then, making WNS the worst wildlife health crisis in memory.

Last updated: February 14, 2012