Bat species in Ontario, once thriving, are now in decline.
In the past seven years, the “white nose syndrome” has struck the bat population and four species are now considered endangered. Wildlife biologist Paul Heaven says the fungus is picked up in the animal’s hibernation sites and causes a fuzzy appearance on their faces and wings.
In 2012 alone, white nose syndrome was associated with 5.7 million bat deaths in North America. This spring, signs of the syndrome were noticed in bats as far away as Texas . . . Some species have declined more than 90 percent within just five years of the fungus’ appearance in the colony.