Scientists have still not been able to pinpoint the cause of White-Nose sydrome in bats. Ultimately, though 90 to 100% of the bat populations in the North East that have been exposed to the disease have died.
White nose syndrome (WNS) still remains an unsolved mystery that threatens bat populations across the northeastern US. The white color is due to a fungus that grows on the bats nose, but scientists are still unsure whether this fungus is the cause of death, or just an opportunistic infection.
Many possible contributing factors to the bats deaths have been proposed such as “a loss of winter fat stores, pneumonia, and the disruption of hibernation and feeding cycles caused by warm and variable winter weather.”
Here is a picture of a bat with WNS:
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