Fungus Threatens Bats in Iowa


Photo by Michael Kappel; Flickr

A fungus, Geomyces destructans, has been found on a single bat in Maquoketa Caves State Park. The fungus causes white-nose syndrome (WNS), a desease that has killed 7 million bats since 2006.

While the problem seems ecological, the consequences of an effected bat population could also be economical. Bats eat enough insects to be worth $22 billion annually to American farmers, says the Center for Biological Diversity.

To read more about the disease, the actions being taken, and the projected future, click here.

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