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Posted Wed Feb 20 2008: from AP, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Bats in NY, VT dying from mysterious malady
In New York, Hicks cautioned in a report that he and his colleagues were "one survey short of saying that every substantial collection of wintering bats in the state is infected." "If you are not worried, you should be," his report said. "The two sites infected last year that have been surveyed so far this winter have experienced a 90 percent and 97 percent drop in populations since this began, with most of the survivors currently in poor health." Worse, said Hicks, nobody knows the cause. "We don't know what the problem is. All we can do is just sit back and watch them die."
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The ApocaDocs say:
Bats have only one pup per year. Recovery, if possible, will be very slow. Perhaps a new species should be used for the cliche "canary in a coal mine"?

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