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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Thompson Announces Funding to Combat Deadly Fungus Affecting Bats

Bellefonte, PA –U.S. Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-5) today announced the awarding of $33,400 to Pennsylvania from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to help combat White-Nose Syndrome, a deadly fungus that has killed between 5.7 million and 6.7 million Northern Long-Eared Bats across North America. This is the seventh year the USFWS has provided grants to states for the purpose of research and addressing the disease.

“As a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, I have been active in ensuring the effects of White Nose Syndrome are appropriately addressed. I’ve participated in field hearings on the subject and toured bat habitats devastated by this fungus,” Thompson said. “There is an ecological importance to sustaining the bat population as well as preventing the species from becoming endangered, which would cause great harm to resource production, agriculture and construction across the commonwealth and a large part of the country."

WNS was first discovered in New York in the winter of 2006-07 and then spread across the United States and Canada. It has been confirmed in 30 states and five Canadian provinces. The funding from the USFWS is intended to be used to further research the fungus that causes disease, conduct decontamination in mines and caves, monitor bat populations for signs of WNS and to write bat conservation plans.

“With partnership on all levels, we can get the science right and work to slow the devastating effects of White-Nose Syndrome," Thompson added.

In 2015, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service finalized a rule under the Endangered Species Act listing the Northern Long-Eared Bat as “threatened.” This status allows for some new conservation practices to be put into place where warranted, without broadly prohibiting common land use activities.

10 comments :

Anonymous said...

All Bats MATTER!

Anonymous said...

Hehehehehe.....
Hohohohoho.....
Hahahahaha......
All BATS matter......LOVE THE "HUMOR"

Anonymous said...

You have got to be kidding me!! For bat's!! Like they matter!!

Marcellus Worker (formerly) said...

I’m not a constituent of Rep. Thompson, I’m also not a Republican and find many of his political views repugnant. But, I met him once at an oil and gas convo in his district and he’s a very pleasant guy and as a member of Congress he is very good at doing his job for the people he represents. “Bringing home the bacon” is what your member of Congress is supposed to do. It’s not the first time I’ve read about Rep. Thompson bringing much needed federal dollars home to his district. So, while I political stand at the other end of the spectrum, kudos to Rep. Thompson for doing his job.

Anonymous said...

what do you think helps keep mosquitoes at bay?

Anonymous said...

Bats are one of the most beneficial animals we have. I'm not a big GT fan, but this is good news. I'm glad he's taking an interest in the fungal problem. There's a lot of people working hard to save the bats. Good to see he's paying attention.

Anonymous said...

as long as the supporters do not complain when you get the shaft to pay for all the waste and abuse of taxpayers dollars

Anonymous said...

This guy helps protect the bat population but votes down funding to fight the Zika virus. Yes, he and his colleagues would not allow a straight up or down vote on 1.9 billion dollars to fund the Centers for Disease Control efforts to stop the virus. What a guy. I specifically asked him on a calli in show if he would vote for the funding and he said no question that he would. He lied. Of course what's new with these politicians, they all lie.

Anonymous said...

I know bats are necessary, but I look at it a little differently. No offense but I was bit by a bat and had to have nineteen shots to protect against rabies. Not a lot of fun but I guess there are reasons for everything, but ouch!

John Q Taxpayer said...

Isn't it a little too late for this now? The issue was discovered a DECADE ago and NOW we are concerned and looking for funds for it? Maybe stuff wouldn't take 10 years to process if Congress actually worked more than the current 133 days per year. Yes....this figure is true.....your congressman or senator only works 133 days per year. That is comparable to any one of us working 2.5 days per week. All in all if my math is correct, this comes out to around $85 an hour for sitting around spending money. Don't forget that they can't agree on a budget or eliminate the deficit.