Nov 20, 2014 6:43 PM
New Hampshire bats dying from fast spreading disease
NEW HAMPSHIRE - Bats in New Hampshire are dying off in huge numbers. The little brown bat population has declined by 99% in the granite state. They're dying from a disease called white nose syndrome. The disease is spreading an alarming rate.
Since the winter of 2007-2008, millions of bats in 25 states and Canada have died from the devastating disease.
Bats play a critical role in the ecosystem and in human health. They're primary predators of many insects that damage crops and forests, and insects that carry diseases - like mosquitoes.
New Hampshire Audubon was awarded a $5,000 grant to help study New Hampshire's bat population.