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Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by wilds of pa, Feb 3, 2009.

  1. wilds of pa

    wilds of pa Songster


    Several hundred little brown bats are dead from White-Nose Syndrome (WNS) in Lackawanna County, and the Pennsylvania Game Commission is looking to residents for help uncovering other sites where this deadly disorder may have surfaced.

    Game Commission biologists had been uncovering signs of what appeared to be an impending WNS outbreak in Pennsylvania since last spring. Over the past two years, the disorder has killed more than 90 percent of some wintering bat colonies where it first surfaced in New York and spread through New England. Its confirmation in Pennsylvania and New Jersey came in the past two weeks, but Pennsylvania had a surprisingly unique distinction among the states where WNS has been documented; Pennsylvania bats were not leaving their wintering quarters – caves and mines – and weren’t dying. Unfortunately, that no longer can be said.

    Last week, bats were found dead outside of an abandoned mine near Carbondale by a citizen who later reported the findings to the agency. Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer Chris Skipper visited the site immediately and confirmed the findings. Bats were dead on the ground; flying from the mine; dropping from the sky. Then on Groundhog Day, agency biologist Greg Turner found bats flying from another Lackawanna County mine near Throop. They shouldn’t have been emerging for another six weeks.

    For more information ON THIS, please visit the Pennsylvania Game Commission - State Wildlife Management Agency website: http://www.pgc.state.pa.us/pgc/cwp/view.asp?a=11&Q=175864
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2009
  2. Lunachick

    Lunachick Chicken Slave

    Mar 19, 2007
    Brick, NJ
    That's so sad, first the bees now bats. [​IMG] thanks for the link.
  3. key west chick

    key west chick Songster

    May 31, 2008
    Gainesville, GA
    Poor little bats. I love bats, get all excited when I see them around my house.
  4. I have WHAT in my yard?

    I have WHAT in my yard? Songster

    Jun 24, 2008
    Eggberg, PA
    Poor bats! And poor me! I am a mosquito magnet and suffer terribly from the bites, no bats means more mosquitoes!! [​IMG]
  5. eggzettera

    eggzettera Songster

    I love bats, I have a bat house (still needs to be hung) for years now, just don't have a proper site to hang it..... this doesn't sound good bee's now bats maybe there is something to that 2012 thing! [​IMG]
  6. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Bummer...I love bats.[​IMG]
  7. English Chick

    English Chick English Mum

    Jun 27, 2008
    Cheshire UK
    This is really very very sad...I love bats and have many which fly round the garden at dusk (in spring and summer) ...have also seen the decline of the bees here in the UK......

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