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This article will no doubt spawn plenty of jokes, but it sounds like a serious problem, not unlike the honey bee problem; bats are hugely beneficial.
1 posted on 07/13/2011 9:49:37 AM PDT by americanophile
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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.


2 posted on 07/13/2011 9:52:21 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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First bees now bats? weird...


3 posted on 07/13/2011 9:53:12 AM PDT by NMEwithin
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I thought the number 1 problem for mammals was stinkbugs


4 posted on 07/13/2011 9:53:31 AM PDT by NRA1995 (Obama couldn't run a lemonade stand. Let him eat peas!)
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No shortage of them around here (central Florida) since the rains woke up the mosquito larvae. Thank Goodness!


5 posted on 07/13/2011 9:53:42 AM PDT by poobear (FACTS - the turd in the punch bowl of liberal thought!)
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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.


6 posted on 07/13/2011 9:55:41 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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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...

Colonel,USAFR


7 posted on 07/13/2011 9:55:48 AM PDT by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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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.
{Fat Chance}


8 posted on 07/13/2011 9:57:26 AM PDT by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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There have been several people here who have been bitten by bats this summer. Rabies shots aren’t fun.


9 posted on 07/13/2011 9:57:44 AM PDT by bgill
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Scientists from more than 100 state and federal agencies are coordinating their efforts to learn why bats are dying.

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10 posted on 07/13/2011 10:00:11 AM PDT by Roccus (Obama & Holder LLP, Procurer of arms to the most discerning drug lords (202) 456-1414)
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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.


11 posted on 07/13/2011 10:01:31 AM PDT by no gnu taxes
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There goes baseball.


12 posted on 07/13/2011 10:02:10 AM PDT by org.whodat
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Bats get the bends!

http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2008/08/25/wind-turbine-bats.html


14 posted on 07/13/2011 10:04:30 AM PDT by Roccus (Obama & Holder LLP, Procurer of arms to the most discerning drug lords (202) 456-1414)
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This article will no doubt spawn plenty of jokes, but it sounds like a serious problem, not unlike the honey bee problem; bats are hugely beneficial.

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.

15 posted on 07/13/2011 10:05:17 AM PDT by RobinOfKingston (The instinct toward liberalism is located in the part of the brain called the rectal lobe.)
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Darwin would say it’s survival of the fittest.

...another proof of the bankruptcy of his ideas.


17 posted on 07/13/2011 10:07:15 AM PDT by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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We’re all dead now anyway, aren’t we? From the honey-bee “crisis”. So this one is too late to matter.


19 posted on 07/13/2011 10:08:21 AM PDT by samtheman
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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

just sayin’...


27 posted on 07/13/2011 10:22:59 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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>>> 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.


28 posted on 07/13/2011 10:24:15 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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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.


33 posted on 07/13/2011 10:29:22 AM PDT by crusty old prospector
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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.


36 posted on 07/13/2011 10:42:41 AM PDT by Rich21IE
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I witnessed an experiment where a blindfolded bat was placed inside a cage with steel bars. The bars were wide enough for the bat to get through if it's wings were folded, otherwise they were too close together to let the bat fly through them. The cage was big enough for the bat to fly around in and when they released the bat it flew around the cage about 4 times then it flew toward the side of the cage, got within a few inches of the bars, folded it's wings and did a flip through the bars, at which point he was captured again, the blindfold removed from it's eyes and he was then released.

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.

37 posted on 07/13/2011 10:43:45 AM PDT by calex59
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