HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — With Halloween just around the corner, it is time to raise awareness about bats and the endangerment that the species faces. Bats are a consistent icon during Halloween. Whether it is bat costumes or decorations, their presence is everywhere. Bats face a deadly disease that is slowly diminishing their population.
White Nose Syndrome (WNS) is a disease that has killed millions of bats throughout the Northeast and is considered one of the most serious conservation challenges. With the bat population decreasing, this poses an insect problem seeing as a single colony of bats can eat roughly 1.3 million insects per year.
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The species known as “cave bats” are affected by WNS. In Connecticut, this includes the little brown, northern long-eared, tri-colored, big brown, eastern small-footed and Indiana bats. Biologists and researchers are striving to discover a cure for White Nose Syndrome since 2007.
“Halloween is good time to dispel myths about bats. Rather than harbingers of doom, bats are a key part of healthy ecosystems and provide tremendous economic benefit to agriculture and forestry through their insect control abilities,” said Supervising Biologist for the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Wildlife Division, Jenny Dickson.
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During Halloween help raise awareness about the endangered species in your area. The DEEP encourages Connecticut residents to report bats observed during the Winter in order to monitor WNS.
To submit information about bats or White Nose Syndrome click here or call the Wildlife Division at 860-424-3011.