A fungus epidemic puts the tricolored bat in danger of going extinct 

The tricolored bat will be the second species of U.S. bat to be listed 

as endangered this year as a fungal disease decimates their populations, 

federal officials announced plans to do so on Tuesday. As the northern long-eared bat neared extinction

the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service suggested reclassifying it from threatened to endangered in March 

Twelve North American bat species, including the northern long-eared and the tricolored, 

are affected by white-nose syndrome, which interferes with their essential winter hibernation. 

At previously unheard-of rates, White-nose Syndrome is destroying hibernating bat species like the tricolored bat 

says agency director Martha Williams. "A healthy ecology is made possible in large part by  

warning has just been issued by scientists to humanity