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Conserving the Nature of America

Little brown bat with fungus.
Close up of a little brown bat with fungus that causes white nose syndrome.
Ryan von Linden/NYDEC.

Can an artificial cave help save bats?

White nose syndrome, a wildlife disease that devastates hibernating populations of bats, was first discovered in 2006 in four caves in New York. Now it's in 19 states and moving further west every year. The Nature Conservancy is taking a unique approach in fighting the disease. The organization is building a man-made cave for gray bats that can be cleaned each spring, which they hope will keep the fungus that causes white nose syndrome at bay.

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Published on: Friday, October 26,2012

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