By Gary Peeples
Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 

North Carolina Bats And The Threat Of White Nose


Biologists string a net over the Davidson River to catch bats. (Photo courtesy of Gary Peeples)

One night this summer, just before dusk, a team of biologists gathered on the banks of the Davidson River by the fish hatchery. However, they weren't there for the river's trout or the hellbender salamanders.

They unfurled a pair of long nets, not unlike over-sized badminton nets, stretched them across the river, and waited. For the next few hours, biologists staffed that net, waiting for b...

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