Skip to main content

The Globe and Mail

Nova Scotia government urges public to report bat sightings

A small brown bat is held by Mike Johnson Chief of Natural Resources Summit County Metro Parks, in Aurburn Township, Ohio, July 27, 2006.

The Plain Dealer, Roadell Hickman/AP Photo

The Nova Scotia government is asking the public to report bat sightings in an effort to track their health.

The Natural Resources Department says people are asked to call a hotline or report sightings online.

The department says white-nose syndrome, a fatal infection caused by a fungus, has caused bat populations to rapidly decline.

Story continues below advertisement

The syndrome causes bats to wake frequently during winter hibernation and with limited food available, the bats die from starvation and hypothermia.

The department says the disease has killed millions of bats throughout northeastern North America in just a few years.

Report an error
Comments

The Globe invites you to share your views. Please stay on topic and be respectful to everyone. For more information on our commenting policies and how our community-based moderation works, please read our Community Guidelines and our Terms and Conditions.

We’ve made some technical updates to our commenting software. If you are experiencing any issues posting comments, simply log out and log back in.

Discussion loading… ✨