The little brown bat could be wiped out in the northeastern United States within the next decade by white-nose syndrome according to new projections.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says that since 2006, when white-nose syndrome was initially discovered, as many as 6.7 million bats have died from that disease.
Bats control pests on farms and in forests and serve as important pollinators.
Spokeswoman Ann Froschauer says some bat species are affected more than others, but typically the fungal disease is 80 to 85 percent fatal.