Nova Scotia

Noticed a bat? Tell the Nova Scotia government

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

White-nose syndrome killing off bats

White-nose syndrome was first discovered in New York state in 2006. It quickly spread across North America. (New York Department of Environmental Conservation/AP)

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.

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

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

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