While not cuddly to most, bats are shy, skilled flyers that fill an important role in their environments. A new study reveals a deadly disease decimating North American bat populations has stepped up its attack on vulnerable bat populations in the summer months.

Pseudogymnoascus destructans, or Pd, is a fungal infection that has already killed millions of hibernating bats in North America. The fungus was formerly thought to attack only during the winter months when bats hibernate in groups in caves. A recent study published by the US Geological Survey reports that the fungal spores of white… more


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