Canterbury's Emily Brunkhurst, a wildlife biologist, sees the writing on the wall. She sees the white fungus on the little bat faces as well.
She looks around the Northeast and sees it spreading, like something from a horror movie. Only this time the scary animals made famous in that genre are the victims, not the monsters, dying a slow, unnatural death.
It's called White Nose Syndrome, or WNS, and it's thriving in a bat cave near you. Thousands of bats have already died from the mysterious illness in New York and Vermont, and Brunkhurst worries that the disease, which starves bats as they hibernate during winter, is creeping into our neck of the woods. Or at least our mines, where bats here live.