The following is excerpted from an article in today's Maine Sunday Telegram. Bats are under serious pressure from White-Nose Syndrome. Do we really need additional bat mortality from wind turbine caused barotrauma?
"Biologists say fewer bats, which eat insects, could lead to increased numbers of pests, resulting in harm to agriculture and forests. It is anticipated that white-nose syndrome will continue to spread, partly because the fungus can be carried on humans' clothing.
In New Hampshire alone, surveys last year showed that the state lost over half of its hibernating bats.
"They're dead. They're gone. They're not here," said Emily Brunkhurst, a wildlife biologist for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.
"The thing about white-nose is it is an unprecedented disease," Brunkhurst said. "We have never seen a disease in wildlife that affects so many species and is so rapidly fatal and spread so incredibly rapidly."
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