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Scientists hopeful in fight to stop bat die-off

Scientists find hope in efforts to save bats from epidemic that has left millions dead By The Associated Press

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) ' Scientists studying the mysterious ailment that has killed millions of bats in an epidemic that is spreading across North America say they are finding small groups of surviving, healthy bats.

The scientists don't know why, and it's too soon to say if the surviving colonies found in Vermont, Pennsylvania and elsewhere could eventually repopulate the region. But they are planning to study the survivors in hopes of finding answers.

The scientists are planning to meet next month in Pennsylvania to seek the best ways to learn from the survivors.

Scott Darling of the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says biologists have found 15 colonies in the western part of the state where bats are surviving and appear to be healthy.

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