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.

White-nose Syndrome

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.

To learn more about White-nose Syndrome visit
www.whitenosesyndrome.org

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OTHER THREATS TO BATS

Wind Turbines
Wind Turbines

It is believed that migrating bats can mistake the wind turbines for large trees and seek them out for resting spots. As the bats approach the turbine, the blades can seriously injure or kill them. Birds can also be affected.

Pesticides
Pesticides

Pesticides pollute our water and air, upsetting the natural balance in the environment. When exposed, small such as bats suffer. Pesticides both weaken them and also make it difficult for them to find healthy food to eat.

Climate Change
Climate Change

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.

Habitat Loss
Habitat Loss

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.