North Country:Bats Still Struggling From White Nose Syndrome

White Nose Syndrome, a deadly fungus growing on the wings of bats during hibernation, remains a threat to bats in New Hampshire, some species of which have seen population drops of 90 percent or greater. (Photo courtesy of N.H. Fish and Game)

They were once a common sight in summer - silhouettes of bats flitting across the nighttime sky.

Those days are gone after White Nose Syndrome - a deadly fungus that affects bats in hibernation, growing on their exposed skin and wings and causing them to burn through their fat stores and driving them out of their winter hibernacula in search of insects that aren’t yet out - made its entry into the United States in 2006.

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