A dangerous fungal disease that impacts bat populations has been discovered in Saskatchewan’s Grassland National Park. White-nose bat syndrome affects bats during hibernation while their body temperature is significantly lowered.
The regional director of the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative and professor of veterinary at the University of Saskatchewan, Trent Bollinger said the disease can be devastating to bat species.
He explained that “this could cause them to come out of torpor more frequently and use up energy stored that they have built up during the fall leading up to hibernation and this energy depletion is the cause of their death over the hibernation period,”
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