Feds Give $1.4 Mil for Bat Research

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Researchers with the New York State Department of Health have been awarded one of seven federal grants to help fight White Nose syndrome in bats.

The fungal infection has killed more than 5.5 million bats in eastern North America since it was first detected in upstate New York in 2006.

Now, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is giving close to a million and a half dollars to fund research projects aimed at continuing the investigation into white-nose syndrome, and more importantly, how to manage it.

Wildlife officials say the insect-eating bats are crucial to the nation's ecology and the economy.

White Nose syndrome has been confirmed in 19 states and four Canadian provinces.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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