Emerging disease may wipe out common bat in the Northeast

Region could lose little brown myotis within decades

By Susan Milius, 12:30 PM August 5, 2010

A novel disease could kill off the Northeastern population of the little brown myotis bat, a once-common fixture of summer nights, in as little as 16 years.

That’s the worst case from the first analysis of what white-nose syndrome could do to the region’s bat population, ecologists report in the Aug. 6 Science. First seen in North America in 2006, the disease is now killing Northeastern brown myotis bats at an overall average rate of 73 percent annually.

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