There are many species of bats. Tricolored bats and northern long-eared bats are two. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service has been working on plans to protect them. That’s because of a disease. It’s called white-nose syndrome. White-nose syndrome is caused by a fungus . It shows up on a bat’s nose and wings. It looks like fuzz. The fungus is known to affect only bats.
Searching for Solutions
There is currently no cure for white-nose syndrome. But scientists are working on strategies to help bats survive. There’s a study from 2018.
It found that a certain kind of light can kill the fungus. Researchers are also testing a fungus-fighting substance. It can be sprayed where bats hibernate. Scientists are working on a vaccine , too. “Bats are cool,” wildlife biologist Jeremy Coleman told TIME for Kids. They’re not just a spooky Halloween symbol. “They’re an important part of the environment,” he says. “We need to be aware of them.”