This week the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service granted more than $950 thousand to 30 states with bats affected by a fungal disease called ‘white-nose syndrome.’ New Hampshire received more than $14 thousand.
State Fish and Game wildlife biologist Emily Brunkhurst says white-nose has severely impacted local bats.
In a couple of species we are seeing 99 percent declines.
State Fish and Game officials will use the grant to monitor bat populations and raise public support.
Officials with New Hampshire Fish and Game have confirmed that bats infected with White Nose Syndrome have been detected in Rockingham County for the first time.
White nose was first detected on bats in Rockingham in 2010, but this March was the first time bats were visibly infected with the fungus. Fish and Game biologist Emily Brunkhurst says the disease has devastated bat populations in the Northeast.