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South Carolina officials report 2 positive rabies tests

Oct. 01, 2021 11:21 AM EDT

TRAVELERS REST, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina health officials are urging residents to keep pets up to date on their rabies vaccination after a fox and a bat tested positive for the disease. A rabid fox in Travelers Rest north of Greenville exposed one person and two dogs...

Kentucky bridge repairs make span safer for motorists, bats

Sep. 30, 2021 04:09 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A deteriorating Kentucky bridge that was home to thousands of endangered gray bats has been repaired in way that makes the span safer for motorists and wildlife, officials said. A project team from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet partnered with...

Illinois man dies of rabies after apparent bat bite

Sep. 28, 2021 19:37 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A northern Illinois man has died of rabies after apparently being bitten by a bat — the first human case of rabies in the state since 1954, health officials reported Tuesday. The diagnosis has been confirmed by the federal Centers for Disease...

Invasive fungus that harms bats is spreading in Washington

Sep. 21, 2021 08:46 AM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — An invasive fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats continues to spread in Washington, with the fungus detected in late spring near Rimrock Lake. During spring and summer field work this year, scientists with the Washington Department of Fish...

Rabid bats found in Portland and Beaverton

Sep. 15, 2021 17:21 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Officials say a rabid bat has been discovered in Northeast Portland. This is the first animal to test positive for rabies in Multnomah County since 2014, according to the county. Another was found in Washington County earlier this month, KGW...

Environmentalists: Vermont's bug spray harms endangered bats

Aug. 17, 2021 18:24 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, V.T. (AP) — Vermont environmental groups allege in a lawsuit that a state agency has failed to protect endangered bats when spraying pesticides to deter mosquitos. The Vermont Natural Resources Council and Center for Biological Diversity accused the state...

'Olympian' bat's flight offers climate change clues

Aug. 07, 2021 12:14 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A tiny bat that flew 2,018 kilometers (1,254 miles) from Britain to Russia is being hailed as a mini-Olympian by scientists who hope her flight will teach them more about how climate change is affecting the species. The Nathusius’ pipistrelle was found...

Tree-cutting resumes after hiatus to protect endangered bats

Aug. 01, 2021 20:57 PM EDT

THE FORKS, Maine (AP) — Tree-cutting is resuming on a $1 billion electric transmission project in western Maine after a two-month hiatus over a federally protected bat. The New England Clean Energy Connect was able to resume construction beginning as early as Sunday on...

Rabid bat found in Shawnee County, Kansas

Jul. 21, 2021 17:56 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas county health department on Wednesday announced it found a rabid bat. A Shawnee County Health Department official said a dog pulled the bat out of a tree July 12. Test results showing the bat had rabies came back...