The bat species has been hit by a fungal disease called white-nose syndrome that has infected different types of bats and killed millions of them
The American authorities have listed the northern long-eared bat as endangered which has been devastated and driven to the brink of extinction by a fungal infection.
The bat species was declared endangered by the Biden administration to save it as it has been affected by a fungal disease called white-nose syndrome.
The white-nose syndrome disease has infected 12 types of bats and killed millions.The affects of this syndrome were first documented in the U.S. in 2006.
“White-nose syndrome is decimating cave-dwelling bat species like the northern long-eared bat at unprecedented rates,” said Martha Williams, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
She said that the agency is “deeply committed to working with partners on a balanced approach that reduces the impacts of disease and protects the survivors to recover northern long-eared bat populations.”
The northern long-eared bat is among the hardest hit by the fungal infection. Estimated declines of 97% or higher in affected populations have been reported. The bat is found in 37 eastern and north-central states, plus Washington, D.C., and much of Canada.