Federal Grant to Help VT, NH Conduct Bat Research

By Joe Gullo

Published 08/27 2014 11:57AM

Updated 08/27 2014 01:29PM

Both the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and the New Hampshire Fish and Wildlife Fish and Game are receiving grants to conduct bat research. Vermont's grant will total $42,895. New Hampshire will receive $20,545.

A press release says the grants are being distributed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for bat research and monitoring related to White-nose Syndrome.

“This grant represents a great partnership between our two agencies with the goal of protecting our small remnant populations of cave bats and developing a plan for their long-term recovery,” said Alyssa Bennett, state small mammals biologist. “With help from cooperating researchers and other state agencies, we are able to stretch these dollars and contribute to answers about why some species and individuals survive, while others succumb to the disease.”

Vermont Wildlife officials say White-nose Syndrome affects six of Vermont’s nine species of bats, but some species have suffered more drastic declines than others. Vermont’s little brown bat population has declined by up to 90 percent, and the northern long-eared bat has declined as much as 98 percent from the disease.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will award a total of $1,276,088 to 30 states through the Endangered Species Recovery and Science Applications programs.

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