Fungus devastating to bats found at two Minnesota sites

  • Article by: Josephine Marcotty , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 9, 2013 - 11:32 PM

White-nose syndrome, which has decimated bat colonies in eastern states, has been found at two sites in Minnesota.

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lloyd55423Aug. 9, 1312:10 PM

Is it just me, or are there no bats around this summer? I don't think I've seen one bat, and I used to see lots of them nightly. One of my fondest memories is burning leaves in the street at dusk, sharing a cup of hooch with the local gents, and watching the bats skitter in the sky as they chased down insects to eat. Gas was less than thirty cents a gallon, and no one heard had ever of the metric system, and the streets were kept in good repair so you wouldn't lose a dental filling while bouncing among the potholes.

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decembersueAug. 9, 1312:30 PM

Very sad. We need these little critters to eat bugs, particularly mosquitos, and they're fascinating in their own right. It seems past time to shut down any show caves that have verified the infection. But it's hard to know what else we can do.

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rlundl02Aug. 9, 1312:35 PM

While no likes to see animals suffer, I don't like bats. Can't work up a head of steam over this.

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bindibopAug. 9, 1312:58 PM

"It does not pose a threat to humans, pets, livestock or other wildlife, but can wipe out whole bat colonies." Some plants depend partly or wholly on bats to pollinate their flowers or spread their seeds. Add to that the devastating effects of honey-bee colony collapse and I think it's safe to say the disease poses a threat to humans. Also, bats help control the pests we love to hate by eating insects.

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EleanoreAug. 9, 1312:59 PM

What are the odds the DNRs response will include instigating a hunting/trapping season on bats, with a license fee and quota in the unreasonably high range?

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spottedjagAug. 9, 13 1:00 PM

Seriously bad news for farming. I hope the DNR jumps on this.

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endothermAug. 9, 13 1:02 PM

We need bats more than we realize. They eat billions of mosquitoes and other pests and pollinate many of our crops.

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tituspulloAug. 9, 13 1:07 PM

rlundl02Aug. 9, 1312:35 PM While no likes to see animals suffer, I don't like bats. Can't work up a head of steam over this.____________It doesn't matter that you don't like bats, they're an important part of the ecosystem. Fortunately, I have seen the normal number of bats this year out where I live, But I also put up bat houses for them on my outbuildings. Those little buggers really wreak havoc on the mosquito population.

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mspshadowAug. 9, 13 1:22 PM

"The disease has not been detected in Minnesota bats, but the fungus been discovered on four bats, state wildlife officials said Friday"...contradictory?

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mspshadowAug. 9, 13 1:24 PM

lloyd55423: "Is it just me, or are there no bats around this summer? I don't think I've seen one bat, and I used to see lots of them nightly."...it's not just you. In fact, just the other night, I was wondering where all the bats in my neighborhood were. Sad.

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