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US bat species devastated by fungus now listed as endangered

Nov. 29, 2022 12:51 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Biden administration declared the northern long-eared bat endangered on Tuesday in a last-ditch effort to save a species driven to the brink of extinction by white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease. “White-nose syndrome is decimating cave-dwelling...

AP PHOTOS: Fewer willows worry Kashmir’s cricket bat makers

Oct. 11, 2022 00:51 AM EDT

SANGAM, India (AP) — Lines of shops display neat stacks of willow wood along a nondescript motorway in Indian-controlled Kashmir’s Sangam village. Behind the shops are small manufacturing units, where that willow is hand-made into cricket bats that find their way to India and cricket-playing...

Maryland’s smallest bat's survival threatened

Oct. 02, 2022 09:03 AM EDT

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) — What tricolor bats lack in size, they make up for in their important role in insect control and pollination. But their survival is being threatened by biological and environmental factors. The tricolor bats’ range includes Maryland and the Eastern Shore....

Fungal outbreak threatens tricolored bat with extinction

Sep. 13, 2022 16:28 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Federal officials announced plans Tuesday to list the tricolored bat as endangered — the second U.S. bat species recommended for the designation this year as a fungal disease ravages their populations. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in March...