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“One of the Worst Wildlife Crises We’ve Faced in North America’’

The scientist who said this was talking not about the BP oil spill but about the fungus known as “White-Nose Syndrome.” In a recent article in the Boston Globe, Winifred Frick, a researcher at Boston University, commented on projections suggesting that the fungus may cause even common species like today’s Endangered All-Star, the Little Brown Bat, to become extinct in the northeast within 20 years. Over a million bats of various species have already been killed by the disease in 14 states since 2006, with mortality rates approaching 100%, according to Bat Conservation International. Bats are key predators, controlling insects and contributing to biodiversity in cave systems.
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