Bat die-off continued in upstate NY this winter
Published 06:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 13, 2011
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — It was another tough winter in New York for bats as deadly white-nose syndrome continued to decimate some hibernating species.
State bat biologist Carl Herzog says more population declines were apparent in Indiana bats, an endangered species that biologists pay particular attention to.
First noted in upstate New York in 2006, white-nose syndrome has spread to more than a dozen states. The syndrome is named for the sugary smudges of fungus on the noses and wings of hibernating bats.
There is one possible sign of hope in the caves east of Albany where white nose was first noticed. Crews found a slight uptick in the number of little brown bats in those caves. But Herzog says it’s too early to say if bats are really rebounding there.