Game Commission seeks volunteers to help count bats

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 6, 2013 5:05 PM

(Harrisburg) --  Wildlife biologists in Pennsylvania are looking for some help counting Appalachian bats.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission says the summer bat count will help scientists determine the impact of White-Nose Syndrome, a disease that has been killing off millions of bats in northeastern and central states.

The Game Commission says Scout groups, 4-H clubs, local environmental organizations, and individual homeowners can all participate in the bat count.

Pennsylvania's two most common bat species — the little brown bat and the big brown bat — use buildings as a place for females to raise their young during the summer.

The disease exists in several areas in the commonwealth including Mifflin County -- where it's been found in several caves.

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