Bats get a bad rap – despite their spooky image, bats are far from terrifying, and we can assure you, they really don’t want anything to do with your hair. They aren’t flying rodents, don’t build nests or breed like rabbits, and won’t rapidly infest your house. What should we fear this Halloween instead of bats? Their extinction. The deadly white-nose syndrome is devastating hibernating bats – so far the disease has killed more than 5.7 million bats in eastern North America, and it has led to a 99-percent drop in northern long-eared bats in the Northeast. The US Fish & Wildlife Service recently launched a new infographic that shares more facts about these amazing creatures and the plight they face – check it out after the break!

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