Wednesday, July 11, 2012

W.Va. gets grant to combat bat disease

West Virginia is getting a $42,500 federal grant to fight a disease that's killed millions of bats across the Northeast.  West Virginia is among 30 states receiving grants from the US Fish and Wildlife Service for white nose syndrome projects.  The agency said the funding will be used to monitor caves and mines where bats hibernate, prepare state response plans and for related projects.  White nose syndrome is caused by a fungus.  It was first spotted in New York six years ago and has since spred to 19 states and four Canadian provinces.

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