Bats Die by the Thousands From Mystery Malady in Northeast U.S.

This could be serious, folks. Bats eat a lot of mosquitoes. Imagine a mosquito-borne illness (chikungunya comes to mind) without our bat friends to help. The corollary to bee colonies’ disappearance is unsettling. Call us crazy, but we’re wondering if chemicals in aerial spraying might be affecting some creatures’ immune systems. — PID

Feb 1, 2008 (BLOOMBERG) /SNIP/ At eight caves in New York and one in Vermont, scientists have seen bat populations plummet over two years. Most bats hibernate in the same cave every winter, keeping annual counts consistent. A cave that had 1,300 bats in January 2006 had 470 bats last year. It recently sheltered just 38. Full Report