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Mountains & Valleys

October 31, 2011
Editorial by the Adirondack Daily Enterprise: Publisher Catherine Moore, Managing Editor Peter Crowley

MOUNTAIN - Bravo to the scientists who studied white-nose syndrome, an ailment that threatens to wipe out some species of bats from the Northeast, and determined that the white fungus on the bats' noses and ears is the cause of the disease, not a symptom. Some people have a hard time feeling sympathetic for bats. No, bats aren't the cutest critters in the forest, but neither are the bugs they scarf down. If you can't appreciate bats ecologically (as filling a natural niche) or religiously (as part of God's creation), at least try to consider it selfishly, by thinking about how many mosquitos and blackflies might bite you if we lose our bats forever.



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