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Disease threatens to put bat species on endangered list

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A disease is threatening the population of long-eared bats. (Source: Wiki Commons) A disease is threatening the population of long-eared bats. (Source: Wiki Commons)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Federal wildlife officials and biologists are working to save bats around Alabama as a disease continues to plague the population.

The long-eared bat may end up on the list of endangered species because of a disease that has killed millions of them over the last few years.

The disease, called "White-nose syndrome," is believed to have originated in New York in 2006, according to Bat Conservation International.

Federal wildlife experts are hosting a series of information sessions about the disease in Alabama later this month.

Wildlife officials said a decrease in bats means an increase in bugs and other pests bats eat.

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