The northern long-eared bat may soon be listed as federally endangered amid massive population declines attributed to white-nose syndrome. Seven western North Carolina counties have confirmed the presence of white-nose syndrome, but biologist Gabrielle Graeter thinks the fungus is present in bat populations throughout the state. "People consider this one of the most devastating wildlife diseases of our time," Graeter said. "It is affecting multiple species across a huge geographical range and spreading rapidly over a very short time."
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