Little brown bat with white-nose syndromeIMAGE: WIKIMEDIAIn light of the looming threat of extinction of North American bat populations brought on by the lethal and rapidly spreading disease known as white nose syndrome, the US Fish and Wildlife Service unveiled this week a national plan for coordinating efforts for combatting the disease at the local, state, and federal level. Among the various goals of the plan are to offer guidance to the various agencies addressing the problem, facilitate resource sharing, standardize data collection, and provide strategies for the eradication of the disease which has killed more than a million bats since 2006.

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