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White-nose syndrome confirmed in Wyoming bats for 1st time

Jun. 17, 2021 12:59 PM EDT

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Two bats from northeastern Wyoming's Devils Tower National Monument have been found with the state's first confirmed cases of a deadly fungal disease. White-nose syndrome has killed millions of bats in North America since the fungus first appeared...

Biologists try to protect bats from deadly fungus in Utah

Jun. 13, 2021 08:03 AM EDT

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — When bats come to mind, people generally think of horror movies and vampires, but bats actually play an important role in the ecosystem. But they’re in danger. White Nose Syndrome, WNS, was discovered in New York in 2006 and has been affecting...

Illinois reopening Monroe County cave system

Jun. 12, 2021 09:18 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A cave system in southern Illinois closed more than a decade ago will reopen to the public this month. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced this week that Illinois Caverns in Monroe County will reopen on Wednesday. ...

Wildlife rehab center aims to fill gap for injured critters

Jun. 12, 2021 03:03 AM EDT

ALBURTIS, Pa. (AP) — They arrive in baskets and cardboard boxes, bleeding from near-misses with lawn mowers or snatched from the jaws of neighborhood cats. It’s birthing season in the Lehigh Valley, and that means a steady stream of injured baby rabbits, squirrels, opossums and songbirds...

Denmark suspends Baltic gas pipeline, in setback for Poland

Jun. 04, 2021 13:29 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Denmark has withdrawn permission for a planned pipeline that was designed to bring Norwegian gas to Poland, citing the need to assess if the project would harm the habitats of certain mice and bat species. The decision represents a setback to...

Bat found in Madison park tests positive for rabies

Jun. 04, 2021 07:10 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A bat found in a Madison park has tested positive for rabies. The bat was discovered Wednesday near the restrooms in Olbrich Park, the Wisconsin State Journal reported Friday. Public Health Madison and Dane County, the...

Cricket gear donation brings joy to migrants stuck in Bosnia

May. 22, 2021 02:34 AM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Joyful cheers echoed through an asylum-seekers camp in Bosnia this week as dozens of teenagers and young men put their daily struggles aside for a game of cricket. Players absorbed in the match ran over an improvised pitch clutching...

Tiny bats put kibosh on power line tree-cutting for 2 months

May. 18, 2021 14:03 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Tree-cutting on a key stretch of a $1 billion hydropower project in western Maine is going to stop almost as soon as it started to protect the newly born young of a federally protected bat. The New England Clean Energy Connect has a narrow window...

Health officials report first rabies-positive bat of 2021

May. 11, 2021 08:14 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle and King County Public Health Department reported the first rabies-positive bat of 2021 on Monday. A Sammamish resident recently had a close call when they found a bat in their yard and attempted to move it with gardening gloves, the Seattle...

Biologists find disease-causing fungus on New Mexico bats

May. 06, 2021 00:26 AM EDT

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Federal land managers have confirmed that a disease-causing fungus has been found on hibernating bats in two eastern New Mexico caves. The Bureau of Land Management reported this week that the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome also was found on...