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Killer fungus strikes huge Alabama bat cave

White-nose syndrome has invaded Fern Cave National Wildlife Refuge, home to more than 1 million endangered gray bats and other vulnerable species.

The world's largest wintering colony of gray bats may be under attack from white-nose syndrome, federal wildlife authorities reported Monday, potentially spelling doom for the already-endangered species. More than 1 million gray bats live in Alabama's Fern Cave National Wildlife Refuge, along with large numbers of bats from other species, and white-nose syndrome is notorious for a mortality rate that can reach 100 percent.

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