Endangered Mammals http://wesa.fm en White Nose Syndrome Threatens Bat Populations in Pennsylvania http://wesa.fm/post/white-nose-syndrome-threatens-bat-populations-pennsylvania <p>Not even Batman can save his fellow bat friends from a deadly disease that has been threatening the bat population across Pennsylvania.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?mode=2&amp;objID=615025&amp;open=514">White-Nose Syndrome</a>&nbsp;(WNS) is a disease caused by a fungus that, when introduced into underground workings such as caves and mines, begins to eat away at live skins cells of hibernating bats.&nbsp;</p><p>This originally European <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/hunting-fishing/white-nose-syndrome-now-threatening-pennsylvania-bats-327534/">fungus is cold loving, </a>meaning it prefers very cold, damp underground environments, precisely where non-migratory bats tend to flock for hibernation. When bats hibernate, however, their immune systems completely shut down creating what Endangered Mammal Specialist <strong>Greg Turner</strong> calls “the perfect storm.”</p><p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 18:17:12 +0000 Katherine Blackley 12868 at http://wesa.fm White Nose Syndrome Threatens Bat Populations in Pennsylvania