Half of North American bat species are at risk, report warns

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Roughly half of North America’s 154 bat species are under threat from population decline in the next 15 years, according to a new report.

The inaugural “State of the Bats” report from the North American Bat Conservation Alliance indicates 52 percent of species could be at risk and that climate change will affect up to 82 percent of those species in the next 15 years.

Other hazards include wind turbine mortality and white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease that has already killed millions of bats on the continent.

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