Alan Hicks with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has described the impact as "unprecedented" and "the gravest threat to
bats ... ever seen." The mortality rate in some caves has exceeded 90 percent.A once common species, little brown myotis, has suffered a major
population collapse and may be at risk of rapid extinction in the northeastern US within 20 years from mortality associated with WNS. There are
currently 9 hibernating bat species confirmed with infection of Geomyces destructans and at least 5 of those species have suffered major mortality.
Some of those species are already listed as endangered on the US endangered species list, including the Indiana bat, whose primary hibernaculum in New
York has been affected.The long-term impact of the reduction in bat populations may be an increase in insects, possibly even leading to crop damage or
other economic impact in New England.
There will likely be an increase in crop damages, shortages, and increase in INFECTIOUS DISEASES spread through increased populations of biting
insects that we rely on bats to keep under control.
Since first discovered in 2007 in New York, white-nose syndrome has spread to 16 states, including Virginia and Maryland, and four Canadian
edit on 25-3-2012 by BiggerPicture because: (no reason given)
ive notice more than one eco disaster that is pointing to fact that there are going to be alot more bugs this summer, the warm weather itself is going
to play a hug factor in bug population, this sucks shii ts only gonna get worse before it gets better
This is a great thread OP! S/F for bringing it back to the public attention. It's a pretty big deal they talk about here because of all the Caverns
I recall reading years ago that Bats are one of the species we rarely see or think about, but wouldn't last long ourselves without. As I recall,
it's the balance of the insects and seeing them just explode in populations that blow everything out of whack almost right away if bats die off.
Edit to Add: I would suggest to the OP that this is a serious problem, one which indeed may come to have very significant impact to humans through
crop damage and insect population increases, but choosing a misleading title may indeed turn off those who would have been willing to look at it
without the over-kill on the title, pardon my pun. Just my opinion.
edit on 3/25/2012 by Open2Truth because: ETA comments
Originally posted by autopat51
bats are extremely important..as are all life forms
this is a huge tragedy!!!
Not all forms of life are extremely important. In fact I can think of many that are not. another overdramatic statement just like the title of the
thread. Include the word Bats for a little accuracy please!
Bats represent about 20% of all classified mammal species worldwide, with about 1,240 bat species divided into two suborders: the less specialized
and largely fruit-eating 'megachiroptera', or flying foxes, and the more highly specialized and echolocating 'microchiroptera'. About 70% of bats
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