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Letter: Bats Need Our Help

To the Editor:

White nose syndrome is affecting bats. I don’t mean it’s just tickling their bellies, I mean that it is going to mess up our ecosystem because all the bugs will overpopulate and eat all the plants unless we do something about it.

White nose syndrome is known to affect bats during their hibernation. It is a fungus that gets on a bat’s nose, wings, ears and exposed skin. The bat that has been affected by the syndrome the most is the little brown bat. But why are we not helping these bats as much as they need it? Research shows the fungus can only grow between 39 and 59 degrees Fahrenheit. One solution is to make safe bat heaters, put them in caves that biologist report about, take the heaters out when the fungus dies — and bam! White nose syndrome will be gone, and bats will be able to hibernate in the cave. Now it may not work, but it’s a start.

We need to think of a solution, not just sit there and say that it’s hard. We need to get rid of white nose syndrome because if we don’t, we will be affected, not just the bats. We will be affected because most of the bats will die and then who will eat the bugs in the sky? Maybe the birds, but most of the bugs come out at night, like mosquitoes. And most birds aren’t awake at night. So the bugs will eat a lot of plants along with the other herbivores. But if you are talking about mosquitoes, then they will also overpopulate and be a bother to us.

Casey Ghio

Sixth Grade, Westshire Elementary School

West Fairlee