• Guarded optimism
    March 13,2014

    Guarded optimism

    I worry that comments from Scott Darling, a biologist with the Department of Fish and Wildlife, that he thinks the worst of the white nose syndrome epidemic is over and that at least one affected species — little brown bats — is beginning to recover, do not lead people to use pesticides and herbicides. There is no question that their use helps weaken the bats so that they are more likely to get the white nose syndrome. The “beginning” of a recovery after tens of thousands of the little brown bats have died is certainly reason for hope, but guarded hope.

    Byrna Porter Weir

    Rochester, N.Y.

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