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Dead Bats Found in Keweenaw County

The white-nose syndrome effecting bats in Michigan has taken its first victims this winter. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced that members of the public have found dead bats outside the opening of an abandoned copper mine near Mohawk in Keweenaw County and reported it to DNR field staff. DNR Biologist Bill Scullon says this disease is very dangerous.

He adds that they need some help from the public in identifying areas where dead bats might be at.

White-nose syndrome was first discovered in Michigan in late winter 2014 in Alpena, Dickinson, Keweenaw, Mackinac and Ontonagon counties. Widespread die-offs of hibernating bats are expected in all of these counties due to a cure to the disease being unknown.

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