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Threats to Bats
Bats are battling extinction around the world. Due to human impact, millions die each year or are forced from their homes. Learn more about the major threats to bats and what people are doing to stop them.
An invasive fungus from Europe that kills more than a million bats each year. Thriving in caves and mines, this fungus grows on bats forcing them to wake up too frequently while they hibernate in the winter. Consequently, the infected bats use up their fat stores too fast and eventually starve.
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OTHER THREATS TO BATS
It is believed that migrating bats mistake the wind turbines for large trees and seek them out for resting spots. As the bats approach the turbine, the blades seriously injure or kill the bats.
Pesticides pollute our water and air, upsetting the natural balance in the environment. When exposed, small animals such as bats suffer the most. Pesticides both weaken them and also make it difficult for them to find healthy food to eat.
Climate change affects temperatures, precipitation and weather patterns. Changing temperatures can cause bats to emerge early from hibernation, when food has not yet become available.
Deforestation is destroying bat habitats around the world. Bats seek safe shelter under loose and peeling bark in dead and dying trees. When we cut down trees, we destroy the homes of bats and their young.