For the 2nd spring in a row, a fungus that has killed thousands of bats throughout the nation has been seen in California — elevating the specter of an outbreak in the state’s fragile, little-understood bat colonies.
Biologists discovered the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome this spring on three Little Brown Bats within the Plumas County group of Chester in northeastern California. It adopted the same detection in the identical area last year.
Whereas not harmful to people, the illness has the potential to destroy California’s bat populations, that are already below risk as wind generators block their migration routes, their habitats are plowed over by urban sprawl and a number of different ecological woes, stated Scott Osborn, a bat expert with California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
“There are lots of issues for bats nowadays,” Osborn stated.
The potential of white-nose syndrome infecting the state’s bats additionally might have broad-ranging consequences for Californians.
One American bat species — the northern long-earned bat — already is protected below the federal Endangered Species Act as colonies collapsed from white-nose syndrome because it quickly spread across more than two dozen eastern states in merely 13 years. Another protected bat species’ had been additionally imperiled due to the illness, resulting in restrictions on building and road projects that may have exposed their habitats.