December 20, 2011
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Scientists studying the mysterious ailment that has killed millions of bats in an epidemic that is spreading its way across North America say they are finding small groups of surviving, healthy bats.
The scientists don't know why and it's too soon to say if the surviving colonies found in Vermont, Pennsylvania and elsewhere could eventually repopulate the region, but scientists are planning to study the survivors in hopes of answering that question.
The scientists are planning to meet next month in Pennsylvania to seek the best ways to learn from the survivors.
Scott Darling of the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife say biologists have found 15 colonies in the western part of the state where bats are surviving and appear to healthy.
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