DNR asking for reports of dead or dying bats in effort to slow disease spread

(WPBN/WGTU)-- The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is asking residents to report dead or dying bats this winter in an effort to slow the spread of white-nose syndrome.

WNS primarily affects bats during hibernation, causing them to awaken prematurely and deplete fat reserves, the DNR says. Bats weakened by loss of fat reserves are unable to find food (insects) in the winter and die before spring.

The DNR says there is nothing that can be done to help dying and that it's important to not touch bats with bare hands.

The DNR would like to remind residents that rehabilitation of bats is illegal in Michigan.

If you see dead or drying bats this winter, please let the DNR know by completing an online form. CLICK HERE to access the form.

For more information, CLICK HERE.

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