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  • "Unbearable" stench after 5,000 bats suddenly drop dead

    11/19/2014 9:03:34 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 27 replies
    Sunday World ^ | 11-20-14 | Daily World
    Residents in the sleepy neighbourhood of Casino, New South Wales, were left shocked when the nocturnal creatures began dropping dead and falling from trees. The deaths are said to have been caused by a 44 degree heat wave sweeping over the town and over 5,000 carcasses created an "unbearable" stench, sparking a public health warning. Council manager John Walker told the Australia Telegraph newspaper: "People should avoid the area and not try to help living bats themselves as they could bite and scratch and some carry the lyssavirus.
  • Ebola-carrying bats may be heroes as well as villains

    11/03/2014 5:09:11 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | November 2, 2014 | Ben Hirschler (Reuters)
    LONDON (Reuters) - Bats are living up to their frightening reputation in the world's worst Ebola outbreak as prime suspects for spreading the deadly virus to humans, but scientists believe they may also shed valuable light on fighting infection. Bats can carry more than 100 different viruses, including Ebola, rabies and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), without becoming sick themselves. While that makes them a fearsome reservoir of disease, especially in the forests of Africa where they migrate vast distances, it also opens the intriguing possibility that scientists might learn their trick in keeping killers like Ebola at bay. "If...
  • Bats lured to deaths at wind farms ‘because they think turbines are trees’

    09/29/2014 9:41:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8:00PM BST 29 Sep 2014 | Emily Gosden, Energy Editor
    Bats may be lured to their deaths at wind farms because they think turbines are trees in which they can find shelter, food and sex, according to new research. The creatures fly towards slow-moving turbines, only to be killed when gusts of wind spin the blades, scientists investigating “unprecedented” numbers of bat deaths at wind farms suggested. Flashing red lights may need to be installed at wind farms to help prevent the animals making the potentially-fatal mistake, they said. […] About 600,000 bats are estimated to have been killed by wind farms in the US in 2012. …
  • Obama gives order to protect bees and bats

    06/21/2014 5:01:14 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 20, 2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama is hoping his latest executive action will create lots of buzz. Obama signed a presidential memorandum on Friday ordering the federal government to develop a plan for protecting pollinators such as honey bees, butterflies, birds and bats in response to mounting concerns about the impact of dwindling populations on American crops. "The problem is serious and requires immediate attention to ensure the sustainability of our food production systems, avoid additional economic impact on the agricultural sector, and protect the health of the environment," Obama said in the memo, which was sent to Cabinet secretaries and agency heads. According...
  • 30 yrs. later, bats get their revenge on Ozzy: Rocker cannot convert barn where they live

    05/05/2014 7:49:23 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 35 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 5/5/2014 | Richard Marsden
    It's a little over 30 years ago that Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off a bat in front of a live audience. Now it appears the little animals have had their revenge. They could have scuppered his plans to convert a historic barn on his £5million estate into a two-bedroom home. The former Black Sabbath singer’s representatives are understood to have met planning officers to discuss redevelopment of the 19th century building. But brown long-eared bats have been discovered in the building. Osbourne, now 65, bit the head off a bat while performing in America in 1982. He was said...
  • Saudi Village Under 'Bat Attack'

    03/03/2014 11:46:05 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, March 03, 2014
    Like in horror movies, swarms of bats attacked a Saudi village and caused panic among its residents, who said they were even more frightened by the birds’ screams. Residents of the village in the southern Saudi province of Jazan near the border with Yemen said some of the birds attacked children and other people outside their homes. “The residents said they are frightened to leave their homes after the bats attacked some of them,” Sabq Arabic language daily said. “They said they were even more frightened by the bats’ screams, which they described as horrifying. They called on authorities to...
  • Climate Change Affects Ultrasonic Bat Signals For Better, Worse

    12/10/2013 5:22:07 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    National Geographic ^ | December 10, 2013 | By Helen Thompson
    Although bats are nocturnal, they’re hardly flying blind. Most bats see with sound thanks to echolocation: They emit ultrasonic calls that bounce back off physical objects in front of them. Echolocation allows bats to stalk their insect and plant prey and also keeps them from flying into houses, trees, and telephone poles. But a changing climate could hamper the ability of some bat species to hunt effectively using sound, according to a new study. "Bats calling at low frequencies will hear echoes from an object further away than bats calling at high frequencies," says study co-author Holger Goerlitz, a biologist...
  • Wind Turbines Blamed in Death of Estimated 600,000 Bats in 2012

    11/09/2013 10:50:27 AM PST · by grundle · 54 replies
    UPI/Breitbart ^ | November 9, 2013
    BOULDER, Colo., Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Wind turbines killed at least 600,000 -- and possibly as many as 900,000 -- bats in the United States in 2012, researchers say. Writing in the journal BioScience, the researchers said they used sophisticated statistical techniques to infer the probable number of bat deaths at wind energy facilities from the number of dead bats found at 21 locations. Bats, which play an important role in the ecosystem as insect-eaters, are killed at wind turbines not only by collisions with moving turbine blades but also by the trauma resulting from sudden changes in air pressure...
  • 600,000 bats killed at wind energy facilities in 2012, study says

    11/08/2013 5:09:16 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 68 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 8, 2013 | by Monte Moron
    Over 600,000 bats were killed by wind energy turbines across the United States last year, with the highest concentration of kills in the Appalachian Mountains, according to new research. "Dead bats are being found underneath wind turbines across North America," Hayes wrote. "This estimate of bat fatalities is probably conservative."
  • Experts sound global alert over deadly bat virus

    03/21/2013 2:47:40 PM PDT · by muawiyah · 20 replies
    FRANCE 24 International News ^ | 21 March 2013 | AFP
    AFP - Experts on infectious diseases Thursday warned people to stay away from bats worldwide after the recent death of an eight-year-old boy bitten in Australia. The boy last month became the third person in the country to die of Australian bat lyssavirus (ABLV), for which there is no effective treatment. Doctors Joshua Francis and Clare Nourse of Brisbane's Mater Children's Hospital warned an infectious diseases conference that human-to-human transmission of the virus may be possible.
  • Bat-eating spiders are everywhere, study finds

    03/18/2013 10:33:22 AM PDT · by algernon_garnock · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | 03-18-2013 | Charles Choi
    There's only one place in the world to escape bat-catching spiders: Antarctica. These arachnids ensnare and pounce on bats everywhere else in the world, researchers say. Bats rank among the most successful groups of mammals, with the more than 1,200 species of bats comprising about one-fifth of all mammal species. Other than owls, hawks and snakes, bats have few natural enemies. Still, invertebrates — creatures without backbones — have been known to dine on bats. For instance, giant centipedes in a cave in Venezuela were seen killing and eating bats, and the arachnids known as whip spiders were spotted feeding...
  • Windmills to shut at night following demise of rare bat

    10/18/2011 11:47:26 AM PDT · by Libloather · 40 replies · 1+ views
    Tribune-Democrat ^ | 10/17/11 | Kathy Mellott
    Windmills to shut at night following demise of rare batKathy Mellott - The Tribune-Democrat October 17, 2011 LILLY — Night operation of the windmills in the North Allegheny Windpower Project has been halted following discovery of a dead Indiana bat under one of the turbines, an official with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday. The finding marks only the second location where an Indiana bat has been found dead under a wind turbine. Two Indiana bats were found under turbines in the Mid-west, said Clint Riley, supervisor for Fish and Wildlife’s Pennsylvania field office. “While finding the dead...
  • Rare bat could endanger high speed rail plans, warns Government adviser ( UK )

    10/06/2011 5:56:24 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 05 Oct 2011
    Plans to build a high speed railway line from London to Birmingham could be threatened by a small colony of bats, the Government’s environmental advisers have warned... the bats could be a “show-stopper” ...
  • Nike's Bewildering College Baseball Bat Problems

    09/14/2011 9:36:15 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 14 replies
    Yahoo! Sports ^ | September 13, 2011 | by: Ben Maller
    Nike is the king of basketball sneakers and sports apparel but when it comes to college baseball bats, the swoosh has apparently struck out. Every college under contract with Nike has been let out of its commitment to use Nike baseball bats during the upcoming season. Of the top 20 teams in home runs last season, not a single one used Nike bats.
  • Dead bats at Madison airport extend rabies worries

    08/18/2011 5:33:48 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 4 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 8-17-11 | Dinesh Ramde
    Federal health officials don't know yet whether a bat that made its way onto a jet earlier this month had rabies, but new reports of dead bats at the Wisconsin airport where the flight originated have added another level of caution. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the dead bats at the Madison airport raise concerns because bats usually don't die in open areas unless they are sick or injured. Baggage handlers reported the bats to investigators after hearing that the Aug. 5 Delta Flight 5121 had reported a live bat on the plane. There was a concern...
  • Pa. Wind Turbines Destroying Environment

    07/19/2011 7:11:46 PM PDT · by Tribune7 · 51 replies
    Bats, as scary as they are to some, are one of the more useful mammals in creation. The diets of those species common in Pennsylvania consist of mosquitoes and other insect pests including the ones that damage crops. A colony of 100 brown bats can consume of a quarter-million insects in a single night. Science magazine has estimated the pest control service provided by bats can save farmers about $74 per acre. Well, the unattractive wind turbines built at the hectoring of the nature worshipers who've managed to convince most that they are the arbiters of all dogma scientific are...
  • Dying bats called No. 1 mammal crisis in U.S.

    07/13/2011 9:49:34 AM PDT · by americanophile · 48 replies
    CBS News ^ | July 12, 2011 | CBS News
    (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,...
  • Bats Invade Local Woman's Home

    06/29/2011 4:55:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    News4Jax ^ | Thursday, June 23, 2011
    Renter Says Nothing Can Be Done To Get Rid Of Bat ProblemOver the last month, Marlesa Brazil has seen and heard bats all around her apartment. Brazil said she can hear them flying around from room to room while she watches television. She can also hear the bats crawling in the ceiling while she sleeps, and she even found one bat dead in her light fixture. Brazil said there's a problem with her apartment and it needs to be fixed. "You can hear them at night literally scratching and crawling," Brazil said. "It is probably a whole colony of them."...
  • The Blind Man Who Taught Himself To See

    05/14/2011 3:48:05 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 23 replies
    Men's Journal ^ | Michael Finkel
    Daniel Kish has been sightless since he was a year old. Yet he can mountain bike. And navigate the wilderness alone. And recognize a building as far away as 1,000 feet. How? The same way bats can see in the dark... The first thing Daniel Kish does, when I pull up to his tidy gray bungalow in Long Beach, California, is make fun of my driving. “You’re going to leave it that far from the curb?” he asks. He’s standing on his stoop, a good 10 paces from my car. I glance behind me as I walk up to him....
  • Proposed legislation would give feds tools to fight wildlife diseases

    02/15/2011 5:53:11 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 9 replies
    northjersey.com ^ | 15 Feb 2011 | James O'Neill
    Sen. Frank Lautenberg introduced legislation Tuesday designed to give the federal government more tools and financial resources to combat such wildlife diseases as white nose syndrome, a fungus that has contributed to the death of more than a million bats in New Jersey and other states in the past few years. Lautenberg’s “Wildlife Disease Emergency Act” would provide the secretary of the interior with the authority to declare wildlife disease emergencies, create a dedicated emergency fund to address such diseases, and provide for a coordinated response across state and federal agencies. The bill was prompted by the spread of white...
  • No cops in sight, Indians in Cairo fight looters with bats [Egypt Crisis]

    01/31/2011 5:18:33 PM PST · by James C. Bennett · 8 replies
    The Times of India ^ | 31 January, 2011 | The Times of India
    NEW DELHI: Standing in the darkness in the chaos of Saturday night Cairo, members of the Indian community had nothing but their children's cricket bats to fend off looters. One of them requesting anonymity managed to get through to this paper despite intermittent mobile phone services. "All the men are standing guard outside our building. Our wives and children are inside. There is no police or military on the roads in our area. Shops near here are being looted, they even looted the main government hospital. Pray for us," he said. ( Read: Obama calls on Mubarak, warns Egypt against...
  • Killer Vampire Bats Attack 500 People

    08/14/2010 7:58:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 13 Aug 2010
    Rabid vampire bats have attacked more than 500 people in Peru's Amazon, leading to the deaths of four children. The attacks occurred in the village of Urakusa, in northeastern Peru, where the indigenous Aguajun tribe lives. At least four people are believed to have succumbed to rabies as a result. Medical supplies and vaccines to treat those infected with rabies have been sent to the tribe. Rabies, a virus that causes acute inflammation of the brain, is usually spread to humans by dog bites and has an incubation period that can last several months. Health teams are looking for people...
  • Rabid vampire bats kill four children, bite 500 people in Peru

    08/13/2010 9:15:16 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    NewsCore ^ | August 13, 2010
    More than 500 other people in the northeastern Peruvian Amazon region, close to the border with Ecuador - all of them Awajun Indians - have been bitten by the blood-sucking bats. Rabies outbreaks - particularly among bats - are a regular occurrence in Peru.
  • EarthFirst Mourning Loss of a Tree - Crying & Screaming (Hilarious video)

    03/12/2010 11:11:57 AM PST · by yooling · 37 replies · 997+ views
    Just watch. You won't be disappointed.
  • AB 7: Another California Strike-Out

    06/03/2010 2:28:46 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies · 463+ views
    Town Hall ^ | 6/3/2010 | Hugh Hewitt
    Gunnar Sandberg is a California high school baseball player was put into a coma this spring after being hit in the head by a line-drive coming off a metal bat. The very good news is that Sandberg is recovering, but the reaction to his injury has been sadly predictable: Democratic California Assembly member Jared Huffman has introduced AB 7 --a bill that would impose a moratorium on non-wood bats for one year.
  • University disciplines scientist for showing paper on bat sex

    05/17/2010 11:48:50 AM PDT · by billorites · 30 replies · 852+ views
    Timesonline ^ | May 17, 2010 | Mark Henderson
    A British scientist has been disciplined for sexual harassment by his Irish university for showing a female colleague a research paper about fellatio in bats, triggering an outcry over academic freedom. Leading scientists and academics including Steven Pinker and Daniel Dennett have rallied to support Dylan Evans, after University College, Cork placed him on probation for two years and ordered him to have counseling. Supporters of Dr Evans said the university’s actions sent a dangerous message that areas of legitimate academic debate can be deemed off-limits if certain people find them offensive for personal reasons. Professor Pinker, of Harvard University,...
  • Judge halts W.Va. wind farm due to endangered bats

    12/09/2009 7:48:27 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 47 replies · 1,425+ views
    AP on SFGate.com ^ | 12/9/09 | AP
    Work on a West Virginia wind power project has been halted by a federal judge who sided with environmentalists' claim that the project would harm an endangered bat. U.S. District Judge Roger Titus issued the order Tuesday, citing potential harm to the federally endangered Indiana bat. John Stroud, co-chairman of one of the environmental groups that filed the lawsuit, Mountain Communities for Responsible Energy, said group members were "really delighted with the ruling." "We've been working on this for a while and the judge saw things our way, and we're really pleased," said Stroud, a rare book dealer who owns...
  • Virginia officials trying to solve 'white-nosed bat' mystery

    10/09/2009 4:12:36 PM PDT · by csvset · 9 replies · 737+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | October 9, 2009 | Scott Harper
    BATH COUNTY Breathing Cave is the name of a deep, dark hole in the ground off an unmarked mountain road here in western Virginia, a foreboding place mostly because of what lurks within – bats, hundreds of them. Inside the mouth of the cave, the limestone walls are cool and moist. There is no light, only echoing creaks and clops of water drops – and the unnerving knowledge that somewhere down a blind tunnel ahead, creatures associated with blood and folklore and rabies are alive and close by. As the sun goes down, the winged inhabitants silently emerge, the start...
  • Lost world of fanged frogs and giant rats discovered in Papua New Guinea

    09/08/2009 5:21:46 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies · 1,449+ views
    www.guardian.co.uk ^ | 9-7-2009 | Robert Booth
    A lost world populated by fanged frogs, grunting fish and tiny bear-like creatures has been discovered in a remote volcanic crater on the Pacific island of Papua New Guinea. 'A giant woolly rat never before seen by science' Link to this audio A team of scientists from Britain, the United States and Papua New Guinea found more than 40 previously unidentified species when they climbed into the kilometre-deep crater of Mount Bosavi and explored a pristine jungle habitat teeming with life that has evolved in isolation since the volcano last erupted 200,000 years ago. In a remarkably rich haul from...
  • Bats Use "Love Songs," Foul Smells to Woo Mates

    08/31/2009 9:36:40 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 23 replies · 997+ views
    nationalgeographic ^ | August 28, 2009 | Ker Than
    In the musical city of Austin, Texas, a group of smelly, pug-faced crooners is hoping to woo some females with surprisingly complex tunes. That's the finding of a new study of Brazilian free-tailed bats, which now join songbirds and whales as some of the only animals known to use a kind of musical language during courtship. Also known as the Mexican free-tailed bat, the species is quite numerous in Austin and around the Texas A&M University football stadium in College Park. Based on recordings of the animals from both locations, the researchers found that the bats' songs contain definite phrases...
  • Pets' bad behavior can land owners in doghouse

    08/15/2009 11:33:05 AM PDT · by BBell · 6 replies · 773+ views
    times picayune ^ | August 15, 2009 | Michelle Hunter
    Eight days ago, a pair of pit bull-mix terriers attacked Leonard Garrett, 70, and his wife, Beulah, 75, in the front yard of their Metairie home, viciously snapping and chewing on their hands and arms. "I'm just sick. It was so bad," said Leonard Garrett, who was recovering at home Friday. His wife could remain hospitalized for another week or more. The dogs' owner, next-door neighbor Marcus Alleman, agreed to turn them over to Jefferson Parish animal control. They were destroyed after temperament tests determined they were unsafe, said Deano Bonano, chief administrative assistant to Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard....
  • Vampire Bats Biting People

    07/17/2009 8:24:39 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 16 replies · 834+ views
    nationalgeographic. ^ | July 16, 2009
    MUCH LIKE THEIR MYTHICAL NAMESAKES VAMPIRE BATS MUST FEAST ON FRESH BLOOD EVERY 2-3 DAYS OR DIE OF STARVATION. THEY SEEK OUT WARM-BLOODED MAMMALS THRIVING OFF DOMESTIC LIVESTOCK LIVING IN THE TROPICAL REGIONS OF SOUTH AND CENTRAL AMERICA. MOST VICTIMS NEVER FEEL A THING AND THE BITE ITSELF IS SUPERFICIAL. BUT INCREASINGLY BATS ARE TARGETING HUMANS AND THE ENCOUNTERS ARE TURNING DEADLY. THE BATS ARE BLAMED FOR RABIES OUTBREAKS IN PERU AND NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC GRANTEE DANIEL STREICKER IS RESEARCHING THE ENVIRONMENTAL CAUSES AND EXTENT OF THE DISEASE. "Vampire bats are kind of the perfect storm of different ecological characteristics. On...
  • Pa. orders all rescued bats to be destroyed (white nose syndrome)

    06/08/2009 8:58:32 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 27 replies · 775+ views
    Philly.com ^ | 6/8/09 | Amy Worden
    Seeking to halt the spread of a disease ravaging bat populations in the Northeast, the Pennsylvania Game Commission laid down the law: All bats collected by wildlife rescuers - regardless of whether they were sick or injured - would have to be euthanized. The order, issued in response to white-nose syndrome, a highly contagious fungal disease, came just before the busy spring season when baby bats take flight. It has angered bat advocates, who consider the Game Commission's response extreme. "It's a draconian approach," said Laura Flandreau, a volunteer from Chestnut Hill who launched a petition drive urging Gov. Rendell...
  • Bats 'recognise other’s voices'

    06/06/2009 9:11:16 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 18 replies · 1,042+ views
    bbc ^ | 5 June 2009 | Victoria Gill
    As if flying around in the dark swooping and diving to catch insects was not tricky enough, bats also listen for their fellow hunters. A study has revealed how these winged mammals recognise other bats' voices. They are able to differentiate the ultrasonic "echolocation" calls that other bats make as they navigate. In the journal PLoS Computational Biology, the scientists report that the bats have an internal "reference" call to which they compare others. Yossi Yovel from the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, and his colleagues in Germany recorded the echolocation calls of five greater mouse-eared bats The bats use...
  • Rabies Alert : PA, KY, MD

    05/25/2009 8:22:00 AM PDT · by mrmeangenes · 8 replies · 523+ views
    Pro-Med ^ | 05/25/09 | vanity
    There is an alert in Pennsylvania, Kentucky,and Maryland for rabies. If memory serves, the areas described in the bulletin are somewhat contiguous,and generally semi-rural.
  • As bats die, feds ask people to stay out of caves

    03/26/2009 9:53:38 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 17 replies · 650+ views
    Citing a widespread die-off of bats from West Virginia to New England, federal officials are asking people to stay out of all caves in states where the animals have been found with a disease known as "white-nose syndrome." The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service made the request Thursday to guard against the possibility that people are unwittingly spreading the mysterious affliction when they explore multiple caves. There is no evidence that white nose is a threat to people.
  • Die-off of bats near Carbondale worsening

    03/06/2009 7:49:56 PM PST · by Born Conservative · 17 replies · 863+ views
    The Times-Tribune (Scranton PA) ^ | 3/6/09 | CECILIA BARESS
    Bats hibernating in two abandoned mines near Carbondale are now infected with white-nose syndrome, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Thousands of bats have died at the Carbondale sites, said Tim Conway, commission official. Four other sites in the state — one in Luzerne County and three in Mifflin County — are also infected. “We’re pretty confident it’s throughout Northeast Pennsylvania,” said Mr. Conway, an information and education supervisor for the northeast region. White-nose syndrome causes bats to consume their fat supplies before spring, forcing them to leave hibernation early to search for food. Unable to find adequate nourishment during...
  • Warmer caves may save bats from deadly fungus

    03/06/2009 1:24:44 PM PST · by neverdem · 36 replies · 752+ views
    Nature News ^ | 5 March 2009 | Hannah Hoag
    Shivering bats need help to fight off white-nose syndrome. Little brown bats have suffered most from white-nose syndrome.Alamy Researchers are hoping that heated bat boxes can curtail the number of bats dying from white-nose syndrome — a condition that has decimated hibernating bats across the northeastern United States. As many as half a million bats have died from the poorly understood ailment since it was discovered in New York state in 2006. Because the bodies of emaciated bats are often found strewn around the entrances of affected caves, scientists have hypothesized that the bats are starving to death during hibernation....
  • Bat-killing disorder spreading in Northeast

    ROSENDALE, N.Y. — A mysterious and deadly bat disorder discovered just two winters ago in a few New York caves has now spread to at least six northeastern states, and scientists are scrambling to find solutions before it spreads across the country.
  • Deadly Bat Disease Spreads to Six States...

    02/03/2009 3:23:11 PM PST · by TaraP · 29 replies · 675+ views
    Fox News ^ | Feb 3rd, 2009
    ROSENDALE, N.Y. — A mysterious and deadly bat disease discovered just two winters ago in a few New York caves has now spread to at least six northeastern states, and scientists are scrambling to find solutions before it spreads across the country. White-nose syndrome poses no health threat to people, but some scientists say that if bat populations diminish too much, the insects and crop pests they eat could flourish. Researchers recently identified the fungus that creates the illness' distinctive white smudges on the noses and wings of hibernating bats, but they don't yet know how to stop the disease...
  • Mysterious, deadly bat disease found in New Jersey...

    01/25/2009 5:47:17 PM PST · by TaraP · 27 replies · 1,085+ views
    Newsday ^ | Jan 24th, 2009
    Mysterious, deadly bat disease found in New Jersey.. NEWARK, N.J. (AP) _ A mysterious disease that has killed thousands of bats in New England has spread to New Jersey, perplexing wildlife officials and raising concerns of a possible increase in bugs and pests. The state Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife said hundreds of bats are dying at two caves in Morris County that serve as a home to the furry insect-eaters during winter hibernation. Mick Valent, the division's principal zoologist, said several bats found last month later died in rehabilitation, and others were found dead or...
  • Our 'bat and maggot' wedding (Australia)

    01/12/2009 4:16:12 PM PST · by EveningStar · 22 replies · 984+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (Australia) ^ | January 11, 2009 | Brenden Hills
    FRIENDS, family, fine wine, a $30,000 investment and a year and a half of planning: it should have been the perfect Hunter Valley wedding. But Sydney couple Steve and Leigh Buttel claim unwanted guests - including maggots in their wedding bed and bedroom invasions by bats - turned their wedding into a bride's worst nightmare.
  • Mom Brings Dead Bat To Montana County School; Later Found To Have Rabies

    10/08/2008 9:46:32 AM PDT · by Justice Department · 41 replies · 1,518+ views
    allheadlinenews ^ | October 8, 2008 7:12 a.m. EST
    Stevensville, MT (AHN) - Health officials in a Montana county issued a health advisory after the mother of two elementary school student brought a dead bat into an elementary school for a demonstration and allowed about 90 students to touch it. The mother reportedly found the dead bat in a cat's mouth, thought the bat was interesting, brought it into school and gave presentations on the bat in five classrooms, allowing students to touch the bat and giving them disinfectant wipes for their hands afterward. However, the bat was later confirmed to have had rabies, which is a potentially fatal...
  • Wind Turbines Give Bats The "Bends"

    08/25/2008 5:08:35 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 23 replies · 277+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | 25 August 2008 | Brian Handwerk
    Wind turbines can kill bats without touching them by causing a bends-like condition due to rapidly dropping air pressure, new research suggests. ...scientist Erin Baerwald and colleagues report that only about half of the bat corpses they found near Alberta, Canada, turbine bases showed any physical evidence of being hit by a blade. A surprising 90 percent showed signs of internal hemorrhaging—evidence of a drop in air pressure near the blades that causes fatal damage to the bats' lungs.
  • 38 People in Venezuela Die After Being Bitten by Vampire Bats

    08/10/2008 6:59:58 PM PDT · by RDTF · 17 replies · 263+ views
    Fox News ^ | August 9, 2008 | AP
    CARACAS, Venezuela — At least 38 Warao Indians have died in remote villages in Venezuela, and medical experts suspect an outbreak of rabies spread by bites from vampire bats. -snip-
  • Mysterious Disease Claims Lives Of More Than 10,000 Bats In New York Area

    02/29/2008 1:51:46 PM PST · by blam · 23 replies · 152+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 2-29-2008 | Indiana State University.
    Mysterious Disease Claims Lives Of More Than 10,000 Bats In New York AreaBats found in a New York cave show the signs of white-nose syndrome. (Credit: Photo/ Al Hicks with the New York Department of Environmental Conservation) ScienceDaily (Feb. 29, 2008) — When Jonathan Storm and Justin Boyles journeyed to New York to investigate what is killing entire colonies of bats, the two Indiana State University doctoral students found bats in crisis. Last year at four caves near Albany, N.Y., more than 10,000 bats died from a mysterious disease involving a white fungus growing on some bats’ noses, leading researchers...
  • Evolutionary History Of SARS Supports Bats As Virus Source

    02/20/2008 3:38:29 PM PST · by blam · 11 replies · 158+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 2-20-2008 | Ohio State University.
    Evolutionary History Of SARS Supports Bats As Virus Source ScienceDaily (Feb. 20, 2008) — Scientists who have studied the genome of the virus that caused severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) say their comparisons to related viruses offer new evidence that the virus infecting humans originated in bats. The analysis tracing the viruses’ paths through human and animal hosts counters assertions that SARS was eradicated in 2004 when thousands of palm civet cats in China were identified as the original source and killed in an effort to eliminate the risk of new outbreaks. According to this new analysis, humans actually appear...
  • Why Are Thousands of Bats Dying in NY?

    02/14/2008 1:42:49 PM PST · by Mike Darancette · 45 replies · 178+ views
    AP ^ | 2/14/08 | AP
    Bats in New York and Vermont are mysteriously dying off by the thousands, often with a white ring of fungus around their noses, and scientists in hazmat suits are crawling into dank caves to find out why. "White nose syndrome," as the killer has been dubbed, is spreading at an alarming rate, with researchers calling it the gravest threat in memory to bats in the U.S. "This is definitely unprecedented," said Lori Pruitt, an endangered- species biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Bloomington, Ind. "The hugest concern at this point is that we do not know what...
  • Venturing Into the Mines of Uganda, in Search of the Marburg Virus

    08/28/2007 10:42:34 PM PDT · by neverdem · 35 replies · 762+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 28, 2007 | NICHOLAS BAKALAR
    Researchers reported for the first time last week that they have found the Marburg virus in a nonprimate species — bats. Now, they have turned their attention to a bat-infested lead and gold mine in western Uganda, in an attempt to determine if bats harbor the disease between periodic outbreaks in southern Africa. One miner working in the mine died of Marburg disease on July 14, and several others apparently recovered from it. “We’re trying to see where this goes,” Jonathan Towner, the lead author of the report, published Aug. 22 in the online journal PloS ONE, said in a...
  • Killer Bats? The debate over wood vs. aluminum

    07/30/2007 9:06:00 PM PDT · by gpapa · 37 replies · 1,926+ views
    OpinionJournal.com ^ | July 31, 2007 | SKIP ROZIN
    The first-base coach for the minor league Tulsa Drillers died last week after being struck in the head by a foul ball hit off a wood bat during a game in North Little Rock, Ark. The coach, 35-year-old Mike Coolbaugh, had played briefly in the majors in 2002 and 2003; he leaves a wife and two children. His death adds to the debate about dangers in baseball, which usually focuses on young players struck by balls hit off aluminum bats. Supporters of metal bats insist that debate is skewed. "Why is it when there's an injury from a ball hit...