24 May '11, 8pm

Deadly Bat Disease Arrives in Maine

For Immediate Release, May 24, 2011 Contact: Mollie Matteson, (802) 318-1487 Deadly Bat Disease Arrives in Maine Fungus That Has Killed More Than 1 Million Bats Continues Rapid Spread AUGUSTA, Maine — The fast-spreading disease that has killed more than 1 million bats in North America has been found in Maine for the first time. State wildlife officials said today that bats at two sites in Oxford County were found with the telltale signs of white-nose syndrome : a fuzzy, white substance on their wings and muzzles. National wildlife disease experts later confirmed it was white-nose syndrome. The disease, or the fungus that causes it, has now been found in 19 states and four Canadian provinces. “Every time you turn around, this disease is popping up somewhere new. It takes a massive toll on bats, and it’s extremely urgent that we mount a counterattack to stop this unprecedent...

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