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White-nose syndrome (WNS) is a pathogen associated with a cold-loving fungus that has a 90 to 100 percent fatality rate when it has occurred in northeastern bat populations. The disease was first discovered in the state during the winter of 2010-2011 in nine western counties. The bat populations in eastern North Carolina are little-researched. Lisa Gatens, Curator of Mammals at the NC Museum of Natural Science, and her team are researching bats in the Hoffman Forest to determine if migrating mountain bats have brought WNS with them, and if not, to determine if coastal bats could be used to repopulate the hard hit counties.
North Carolina Naturalist (NoCar QH 76.5 N8 N68), Vol. 21 Issue 3, Fall 2013, p6-7, il