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Multiple mortality events in bats: a global review

Overview of attention for article published in Mammal Review, January 2016
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18 news outlets
5 blogs
2 policy sources
149 tweeters
7 Facebook pages
2 Wikipedia pages


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Multiple mortality events in bats: a global review
Published in
Mammal Review, January 2016
DOI 10.1111/mam.12064
Pubmed ID

Thomas J. O'Shea, Paul M. Cryan, David T.S. Hayman, Raina K. Plowright, Daniel G. Streicker


Despite conservation concerns for many species of bats, factors causing mortality in bats have not been reviewed since 1970. Here we review and qualitatively describe trends in the occurrence and apparent causes of multiple mortality events (MMEs) in bats around the world.We compiled a database of MMEs, defined as cases in which ≥ 10 dead bats were counted or estimated at a specific location within a maximum timescale of a year, and more typically within a few days or a season. We tabulated 1180 MMEs within nine categories.Prior to the year 2000, intentional killing by humans caused the greatest proportion of MMEs in bats. In North America and Europe, people typically killed bats because they were perceived as nuisances. Intentional killing occurred in South America for vampire bat control, in Asia and Australia for fruit depredation control, and in Africa and Asia for human food. Biotic factors, accidents, and natural abiotic factors were also important historically. Chemical contaminants were confirmed causes of MMEs in North America, Europe, and on islands. Viral and bacterial diseases ranked low as causes of MMEs in bats.Two factors led to a major shift in causes of MMEs in bats at around the year 2000: the global increase of industrial wind-power facilities and the outbreak of white-nose syndrome in North America. Collisions with wind turbines and white-nose syndrome are now the leading causes of reported MMEs in bats.Collectively, over half of all reported MMEs were of anthropogenic origin. The documented occurrence of MMEs in bats due to abiotic factors such as intense storms, flooding, heat waves, and drought is likely to increase in the future with climate change. Coupled with the chronic threats of roosting and foraging habitat loss, increasing mortality through MMEs is unlikely to be compensated for, given the need for high survival in the dynamics of bat populations.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 4 <1%
Portugal 1 <1%
Germany 1 <1%
Australia 1 <1%
Switzerland 1 <1%
Romania 1 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
Unknown 420 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 77 18%
Student > Master 73 17%
Student > Ph. D. Student 58 13%
Student > Bachelor 51 12%
Other 34 8%
Other 57 13%
Unknown 80 19%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 192 45%
Environmental Science 74 17%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 12 3%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 10 2%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 9 2%
Other 34 8%
Unknown 99 23%

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