July 30, 2013 10:06 am
Updated: July 30, 2013 10:07 am

Study to look at population, effect of syndrome on bats in Cape Breton

White nose syndrome has killed an estimated 7 million bats across eastern North America.

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SYDNEY, N.S. – Researchers are studying bats in Cape Breton to determine their population and health.

Jared Tomie of the Atlantic Coastal Action Program Cape Breton says a major part of the study will look at what impact white nose syndrome is having on bats there.

The disease has killed an estimated seven million bats across eastern North America.

Tomie says the fungal infection affects bats in the winter and wakes them up out of hibernation, causing them to starve or die of dehydration.

Four detectors that record the ultrasonic calls that bats emit when they fly have been placed in the Ben Eoin area to do some testing over the summer months.

The results will help determine what species of bat are on the island and provide an idea of the bat population in certain areas.

© 2013 The Canadian Press

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