Study links Ebola outbreak to fruit bats

Children’s play area near bat colony eyed as possible source of infection Staff Report FRISCO — A research team suspects that the recent West African Ebola outbreak may have started  from contact between humans and virus-infected bats, perhaps as children played near a  large colony of free-tailed insectivorous bats housed in a hollow tree near […]

Why do bats fly into wind turbines?

Study results may aid bat conservation Staff Report FRISCO — Scientists say they may be a step closer to being able to reduce widespread bat mortality associated with the development of wind energy. Based on months of nighttime video surveillance, U.S. Geological Society researchers say some species of the flying mammals may be mistaking the […]

Biodiversity: More bad news for bats

New study traces biological evolution of bat-killing fungus By Summit Voice FRISCO — A new study by University of Akron scientists forecasts a gloomy future for North American bats, showing that the fungus that causes the deadly white-nose syndrome can likely survive in caves with or without the presence of bats. The persistence of the […]

Biodiversity: Facing white-nose syndrome, northern long-eared bats proposed for endangered species listing

USFWS seeking public comment on listing proposal By Summit Voice FRISCO — Threatened by white-nose syndrome, wind farms and habitat destruction, northern long-eared bats may soon get some additional protection under the Endangered Species Act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this month proposed the listing, singling out white-nose syndrome as the primary threat in […]

Biodiversity: Conservation group says bats are at risk under new Forest Service Rocky Mountain cave-access policy

Re-opening caves could lead to spread of deadly white-nose syndrome By Bob Berwyn FRISCO — The U.S. Forest Service this week denied an appeal of a new cave-access policy for the Rocky Mountain region, clearing the way for the re-opening of some caves that have been under a blanket closure the past three years to […]

Colorado: Forest Service finalizes plan to protect bats

White River National Forest keeps a few caves closed permanently, requires cave registration and decontamination *Click here for more Summit Voice coverage of white-nose syndrome By Bob Berwyn FRISCO — The White River National Forest is well-known for its many ski areas and stunning high-elevation wilderness areas, but the forest is also a Rocky Mountain […]

Biodiversity: Bat-killing white-nose syndrome spreads near huge colony of endangered gray bats in Alabama

Impacts to gray bats still uncertain By Summit Voice FRISCO — The largest known colony of endangered gray bats is  threatened by white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease that has already wiped out millions of bats from New England to the Southeast and into the Midwest. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials announced this week that […]

Forest Service extends cave closure to protect bats

Deadly white-nose syndrome still unchecked By Summit Voice Hoping to prevent the westward spread of a deadly bat disease, the U.S. Forest Service last week extended a general closure for caves on national forest lands in the Rocky Mountain region (Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas) for another year. The agency tweaked the closure slightly […]

Forest Service considers tweaking cave-access policies to protect western bats from deadly white-nose syndrome

Deadly bat-killing fungus confirmed west of the Mississippi this year By Bob Berwyn SUMMIT COUNTY — The U.S. Forest Service is considering some changes to the way it manages caves on national forest lands to prevent the spread of white-nose syndrome, a disease that has wiped out millions of bats in the eastern U.S. in […]

Deadly disease spreads to endangered gray bats

No deaths documented so far, but biologists are concerned about the potential for devastation of huge colonies By Summit Voice SUMMIT COUNTY — The spread of deadly white-nose syndrome to federally endangered gray bats is a devastating blow, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials said after announcing that biologists found the disease in gray bat […]


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