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Why It Matters That Illinois Bats Are Dying

10 am Thursday on 'Focus': Bats play a vital role in our eco-system. Six of the 13 species in Illinois are threatened by white nose syndrome.

Scientists examine a bat.

Scientist examine a bat. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Bats are notorious in popular culture, but they play a vital role in our eco-system. Of the more than 1,000 species that exist worldwide, 13 can be found in Illinois, and six of those species are now being threatened by white nose syndrome. Host Jim Meadows talks with Ed Heske, a mammalian ecologist with the Illinois Natural History Survey, about bats, why they’re important and why white nose syndrome is so scary, especially for farmers.