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New Endangered Species

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       Little Brown Bat roosting on the side of the Kootenay office in Radium.
It is one of 6 species of bat found in Kootenay National Park. - Photo by Larry Halverson

 

COSEWIC (Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada) has just assessed 3 species of bat as Endangered. One of them the Little Brown Bat (Myotis lucifugus) is found in Kootenay National Park.

This emergency designation resulted from unprecedented mortality in Canada's native bat species from Geomyces destructans, the pathogen responsible for White-nose Syndrome. Which is a condition, named for a distinctive fungal growth around the muzzles and on the wings of hibernating bats. This poorly understood disease is a associated with the deaths of more than 5.5 million North American bats.

 

Go to Endangered Assessment for more details.

Read the study about behaviour, echolocation calls, and distribution of bats in Kootenay National Park.