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SAVING THE INDIANA BAT
Every fall, Indiana bats gather in swarms at chosen hibernating spots to mate, swooping in and out of caves from dusk till dawn. Some humans might find this a frightening sight, but in fact bats are shy, sensitive, and vulnerable animals — and the Indiana bat is one of the rarest and most sensitive of its kind. The species’ long-term decline began in the early 1800s as its wintering sites (hibernacula) were disturbed by mining, tourism, and other activities. In the decades since, these bats have been hit hard by habitat loss, and in 2007 a perplexing and deadly new threat to bats, called white-nose syndrome, first appeared in the Northeast and began killing hundreds of thousands of bats, including this federally listed species. If this species’ habitat is not better protected from the numerous factors that threaten it, and if white-nose syndrome continues to decimate bat populations and keeps spreading, it’s quite possible that we’ll witness the extinction of the Indiana bat.