Bat populations may be rebounding locally
Jan 29, 2020 12:54 am
The New York State Parks blog reports that there is evidence some bats are fending off the "White Nose Syndrome" that decimated their populations recently. Researchers have found evidence of a bat recovery from the fungal disorder in the Hailes Cave under the 100 million-year-old limestone escarpment at Thacher State Park in western Albany County. The little brown bat, or Myotis lucifugus, seems to be evolving its own resistance to the fungal infections, according to a December 2019 study of hibernating bats in a former cement mine in Ulster County. The bat population in Hailes Cave climbed to 7,200 last year, after dropping to about 1,200 bats by 2010. But brown bat populations have not rebounded at other caves surveyed by state wildlife officials in Albany and Schoharie counties. Read more about this story at the New York State Parks blog.