Peachland bat society once again requires support to protect bats in B.C.
Diseases are under threat by disease, and researchers are once again for the public to be on the look for White Nose Syndrome, a fungal disease that is responsible for the death of millions of bats in eastern North America , who has moved to West Coast, has stated that the Community BC Bat Program is in a news release.
Washington State was confirmed just 150 kilometers to the south of B.C. On the border, the presence of the fungus is very concerned about the health of our bat populations. The disease has a death of around 100 per cent for some bat species that have been exposed to the fungus, including the Little Brown Native Bats. Although it is destructive for bats, WNS does not affect people, the statement said.
"We believe our bats hibernate in relatively small groups across the province," said Paula Rodriguez de la Vega, the Okanagan program co-ordinator with the BC Community Bat Program. "Discovering WNS in our province will require a lot of eyes on the ground."
The typical first symptom of this disease is bats flying during the winter, looking unusual at the time of the year when bats should hibernate. Another sign of the presence of WNS is the appearance of dead bats outdoors as they take forward the effects of WNS, says the statement.
If you find dead bats, let's know the CBP extension 1-855-922-2287. 13 or [email protected] as soon as possible for more information. Never touch a dead bat with bare hands. Please indicate if you or your pet have been in direct contact with the bats, you will need more information about the risk of illness for you and your pet.
To contact the BC Community Bat Program, visit www.bcbats.ca, email [email protected] or call 1-855-922-2287 est. 13.