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Wildlife Health Information Sharing Partnership event reporting system (WHISPers) is a partner-driven repository for sharing basic information about historic and ongoing wildlife mortality and morbidity events involving five or more wild animals. The primary goal of the system is to provide natural resource management partners with timely, accurate information on where wildlife disease events are occurring or have occurred.
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How Does White-Nose Syndrome Kill Bats?

For the first time, scientists have developed a detailed explanation of how white-nose syndrome (WNS) is killing millions of bats in North America, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Wisconsin. The scientists created a model for how the disease progresses from initial infection to death in bats during hibernation.
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USGS and a network of partners across the country work on documenting wildlife mortality events, in order to provide timely and accurate information on locations, species and causes of death.
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