Bats dying of “White Nose Syndrome”

The following is the press release issued yesterday (April 20) by the state Department of Environmental Protection. A syndrome that attacks hibernating bats continues to kill them at alarming rates both in Connecticut and in expanding areas range-wide, which will lead to a dramatic reduction in the size of the state’s bat population this summer, according to wildlife experts at the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). DEP Commissioner Amey Marrella said, “On the eve of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, the outbreak of White Nose Syndrome (WNS) that we are seeing serves as a reminder of the fragility of our planet and the interconnectedness of all living things. The massive die-off of the bat population that it is causing is also likely to have serious impacts on agriculture, forestry and other sectors of our economy.”  Dickson said the DEP is asking the public to report any known summer bat colonies by calling (860)675-8130 or via email to Wildlife Technician, Christina Kocer at .


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