Scientists fight for Tennessee’s dwindling bat population

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – (WKRN) – Tennessee’s bat population has been threatened by a fungus which has led to the disease called White Nose Syndrome.

According to the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency, seven species of bats have been determined as on the brink of extinction in our state because of the syndrome.

White Nose Syndrome is caused by a fungus that grows on a bat’s skin including its muzzle, ears and tail.

The fungus bothers them and wakes them up from hibernation. They’ll burn the fat they stored for the winter so they’ll seek insects, which are sparse in cold months.

The bats end up starving to death or they’ll die of dehydration.

Read more at WKRN.com

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