WILD NEW JERSEY: The Star-Ledger: Rescued little brown bats get a second chance at life at Hibernia Mine
The Star-Ledger: Rescued little brown bats get a second chance at life at Hibernia Mine
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Video by Andre Malok/The Star-Ledger
Jackie Kashmer is a licensed wildlife rehabilitator in New Jersey. She has rescued hundreds of bats from the Hibernia mine in Morris County which were suffering from white-nosed syndrome, a fungal disease that has decimated bat populations across the northeast over the past four years. After five weeks of treatment at Kashmer's home, the bats are healthy and ready to be released back at Hibernia with the hope of helping the breeding populations to recover. According to biologists from the N.J. Division of Fish and Wildlife's Endangered and Nongame Species Program, the number of bats who congregate in places like the Hibernia Mine have dropped from more than 30,000 to about 750.