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Ten years ago, a mysterious illness, now known as white-nose syndrome, started killing hibernating bats in the Northeast. While the disease has devastated bat populations, the Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners have learned a lot in the last decade and hope to control the disease in the future.

Thirty-three U.S. states and five Canadian provinces have reported the presence of white-nose syndrome or the fungus that causes it since WNS was discovered in 2007.

Researchers in Maine are on a quest to learn more about bats that use talus slope rock formations as habitats and the prevalence of white-nose syndrome in these alternative natural homes.