White Nose Syndrome and Alberta
White Nose Syndrome is an emerging disease affecting hibernating bats in eastern Canada and the United States. The range of White-Nose Syndrome is spreading west, and has a high potential to reach Alberta. It is caused by a fungus that grows on the nose and tissues of bats while they hibernate. Over 6.7 million bats are estimated to have been killed since the disease was first discovered in 2006. There is growing evidence that the fungus originated in the old world, where bats appear more resistant to the fungal pathogen that causes White Nose Syndrome in our bats, suggesting humans may have been responsible for its introduction.
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White Nose Syndrome from Alberta Environment and Parks on YouTube