17 Dec '11, 1am

Congress Directs $4 Million to Fight Against Bat-killing Disease

More press releases For Immediate Release, December 16, 2011 Contact: Mollie Matteson, (802) 318-1487 Congress Directs $4 Million to Fight Against Bat-killing Disease WASHINGTON— Today the grim picture for North American bats, dying by the millions from a disease that showed up just five years ago in the Northeast and which has since cut a deadly swath from Nova Scotia to Tennessee, got a tiny bit brighter. Congress has directed the Department of Interior to allot $4 million from its 2012 endangered species recovery fund toward research and management of white-nose syndrome. “At least the work that is being done now is not going to grind to a halt,” said Mollie Matteson, conservation advocate at the Center for Biological Diversity. "Our bats are dying by the millions; it would be a terrible tragedy to no longer be able to marvel at the acrobatics of bats in the night skies...

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