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Thompson: $30,000 will combat disease that’s killing Pa.’s bats

LOCK HAVEN — U.S. Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson has announced a $30,000 federal grant to help combat a fungal disease that is killing bats in Pennsylvania.

The funding comes from U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service as part of a national program aimed at eradicating white-nose syndrome (WNS) that has killed millions of bats in North America in recent years. The overall investment is $1 million in grants to 37 states and the District of Columbia.

Funds will help states find ways to prevent the spread of WNS while increasing survival rates of afflicted species through research, prevention and eradication efforts.

“I have been a proponent of ensuring that research and preservation investments continue to assist Pennsylvania’s bat populations, which play an important role in our agriculture sector,” said Rep. Thompson, who is Vice Chair of the House Agriculture Committee. “Insect-eating bats help our farmers and they protect their crops from pests. White-nose syndrome is decimating bat populations and thankfully this program will help Pennsylvania and additional states address this crisis.”

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