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Posted on 07/13/2011 9:49:34 AM PDT by americanophile
(CBS News) The lightning-fast die-off of bats is being called the No. 1 crisis affecting mammals in this country. Scientists from more than 100 state and federal agencies are coordinating their efforts to learn why bats are dying.
CBS News Correspondent Betty Nguyen noted on "The Early Show" that one of the consequences of the bats' deaths is more bugs.
Wildlife officials now are pointing to a fungus they say is killing bats in unprecedented numbers.
It's a desperate situation with no solution in sight.
Nguyen reported bats often get a bad rap as creepy, blood-sucking night creatures. But farmers, like James Roby, actually count on them to eat 100,000 tons of crop-damaging bugs every year.
Roby showed Nguyen a chard leaf, badly damaged by a caterpillar or worm.
He explained, "(The damage) would have been potentially controlled by a bat that would have nailed the moth that would have laid the eggs on this leaf to begin with."
That's not happening because bats are in danger. A fast-spreading fungus has wiped out a million of them in 18 East Coast states.
Roby said of the chard crop, "It's inedible right now; it's just not marketable."
An ailment dubbed White-Nose Syndrome leaves the fungus on a bat's nose, wings and body, and that eventually leads to starvation. The die-off is so great - and so fast - the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife has declared bats the No. 1 mammal in crisis in the U.S.
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I know this has resulted in the closure of a number of tourist caves in order to protect the bats from the disease.
First bees now bats? weird...
I thought the number 1 problem for mammals was stinkbugs
No shortage of them around here (central Florida) since the rains woke up the mosquito larvae. Thank Goodness!
In the evenings as it gets dark there are bats flying all around my house, its fun to watch them dip and dive for the mosquitoes buzzing around. If memory serves they eat almost their body weight each night in bugs, if you have a lot of mosquitoes like I do that can be a big plus.
Jeez, in Austin 3 weeks ago we watched 1.5 million bats fly out from under the Congress Avenue bridge at dusk. Doesn’t look like there’s a problem in Central Texas...
I sincerely hope that it cross contaminates the moon bats.
Rabbits are up this year, of course cyclical population variation is always unprecedented if you have no true baseline.
Political Science needs to stay the hell out of real science.
There have been several people here who have been bitten by bats this summer. Rabies shots aren’t fun.
I am astounded that there was no mention of global warming or climate change in this article. Maybe even the journalists are starting to get bored/annoyed with that constant meme.
There goes baseball.
I’ve noticed rabbits and snakes are up, hawks (their main predator in my area) are down, and the bats that were abundant in early June are now nowhere to be seen.
This is a strange year (NW Ohio, rural)
Bats get the bends!
First I've heard of this HUGE PROBLEM.
It is already clear to me that only regulatory overkill can possibly save the day. The epa will need to be at least double in size. The call must go out to find humans willing to be sacrificed in this calamity. One of the 50 states will need to be fully depopulated of humans just to make a suitable laboratory to find the answer.
Don’t tell us it was baseball bats. I was hoping for dingbats.
Darwin would say it’s survival of the fittest.
...another proof of the bankruptcy of his ideas.
I used to have them swooping over the back yard because the skeeters would congregate around the Koi pond.
I have no more bats but lots of skeeters and I get really awful reactions to their bites.
Riding home on the Harley the other night, I nearly got bonked by a bat diving for the bugs attracted to my head light.
It was the first bat I’ve actually seen, this year.
I miss them.
Bats are cool.
We’re all dead now anyway, aren’t we? From the honey-bee “crisis”. So this one is too late to matter.
Old Tunnel refuge between Fredricksburg and Comfort Texas has had no shortage at all this, even with the drought.
Where are you located? Also, those patio skeeter candles and the CO2 emitters work great around backyards and ponds.
LOL, I could not stop myself!!!!!
The realtor claimed he didn't know what they were, but the first night the family spent there, he figured out that they were to do battle with the bats that descended on, or woke up in, the abode.
That was in the 1970s.
They disappeared from my place, NCWV, in June also. Hawks, rabbits and snakes are about normal, but hummers are up a bunch.
They are definitely beneficial and worth having around.
I heard the die-off was due to a fungus that doesn’t let them hibernate properly and they starve to death in the winter because they can’t stay asleep.
Guess you don't listen to the show formerly known as Art Bell.
Ever since they bought him out, and hired moonbats for producers, the show's not been worth listening to with any regularity.
if i wanted to attack a country and didn’t have a large military... i would have to look for a low tech solution. something my enemy wouldn’t even know is coming until it was too late
>>> Roby showed Nguyen a chard leaf, badly damaged by a caterpillar or worm.
I am sure Roby has more proof that bats are dying off because of some fungus. Showing off a leaf with worm holes is not proof for the claim.
It could be anything from environmentalists/EPA not allow the use of pesiticides/fungicides. In fact the EPA ban on fungicides, hence fungus infestation could very well be the cause of bats dying off.
Well, there WAS the bat bomb.......
They should come to my house. We have bees living in the outer wall of our dining room (hive got so large, it split and half flew away) and bats that WERE living in our attic for several years and now moved to the abandoned house next door. No problem with bees and bats dying around here!
We enjoy watching the bats swoop after the bugs too. :-) They come out as the sun is setting. Very cool to watch!
Coast-to-Coast AM has some good points. I’ve heard the number one host, George Noory, defend the Second Amendment on numerous occassions. Noory frequently has John Lott (”More Guns, Less Crime”) on the show as a guest, too.
I see no decline in the bat population in my neighborhood in northeast Texas even with a severe drought and few mosquitoes, which have plenty of water to breed from the sprinklers in the shady spots.
They’d have to be *awfully* big skeeter repellents....:D
I don’t know where to begin but there is certainly an opportunity here to use a picture of Nancy Pelosi.....hmmm, I didn’t know she was a mammal.
Amazing animals, I am assuming it used it's sonar to determine the confines of the cage and the distance between the bars, judging it to be ok for him to make it if it's wings were folded.
That's a lot of bats.
But, for farmers, it might be a little too late.
Nguyen asked Roby, “How much time do you have?”
He replied, “(We have) very little time. Less than a year.”
“And then what happens?” Nguyen asked.
“It spreads out West and we lose millions and millions of bats,” he said.
Exactly correct. A study done recently showed that the huge wind turbines in West Texas were littered with the corpses of millions of bats. They found the air pressure from their blades passing nearby would literally rupture the bats lungs.
Funny that the enviro-nazis would never let such findings see the light of day...
Rats, now I know why the gnats and other bugs have been so insanely bad this year in the midwest - and to rub it in, I can’t take my daughter spelunking because they are closing down most anything relating to visiting caves to try to stem the fungus.
No other crisis in recent memory has had such a profound impact on my life.
Will no one save us?
Have you ever see the bat colony under the IH 35 bridge at McNeil? I've heard it is larger than the Congress Av. Bridge, but not advertised because of the traffic mess that would result. We saw them when we were coming home at dusk and that cloud stretched for miles.
Oh. Yes, it’s pretty buggy up in that neck of the woods.
We did that 2 years ago - I think it’s more impressive than the Congress Ave colony. They just seem to keep coming for hours. Of course, the visit to the Pedernales Cellars winery beforehand might have had something to do with that...
The demise of evolution has been predicted for more than 120 years. Like the end of the world...
Great story. From lightbulbs to windfarms, the list of unintended consequences from “Green Energy” continue to pile up.
I was going to say that too. We have all kinds of humming birds this year. They fight amongst themselves a lot. It is fun to watch.
The current program needs to cut back on the frequency of unverifiable topics and guests.
Some of the put-on artists that Art had were great. Mel's Hole was a great "story". The guy that "flew" (or tried to "fly") over Area 51 was great radio.
In his prime, Art would challenge, and ask real questions of say, environmentalists and anarchists, and other posers.
Noory and some of the other hosts, including Bell, no longer do that.
Noory getting punked by the shysters ripping people off with capturing Big Foot, only to have a "worker" let it go before "they" could get blood and hair samples, and but after they conned people into buying webcam subscriptions from the "hunt" was reminiscent of Tim Conway on Night Court, except that it didn't cost viewers a subscription...