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Bat census appears positive say researchers

Over 50 bat conservationists are going over the numbers after helping out with Missouri bat census of the Indiana bat in Hannibal on Wednesday.

Hundreds of thousands of bats hibernate at the Sodalis Nature Preserve in Hannibal. Researchers took photographs to measure the population today.

Biologist Shauna Marquardt of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said their initial impression of this years census is positive.

“The bat population at this point, we won’t have the numbers for awhile, so we will have to take some time and process data, there certainly were a lot of bats in there, things seem to be stable,” said Marquardt.

Marquardt said while the site does test positive for the deadly white nose syndrome which kills bats, it appears that the Indiana bat population isn’t being impacting by it

Frank Healy

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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