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1 million bats dead from white-nose syndrome

A fungus known as white-nose syndrome has swept across 16 states, killing more thanĀ 1 million bats. A majority of the dead bats were little brown bats, which have lost an estimated 20% of their population in the northeastern United States over the past four years.

In New Mexico, the Bureau of Land Management has closed 28 caves known to have significant bat populations.

Related links:

Story: Fungus sweeps across the country, killing bats

Photographer’s journal: On assignment in the bat cave

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