- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is getting a federal grant of nearly $43,000 to support bat research and monitoring related to white nose syndrome.

The funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will support conservation and recovery of six cave bat species affected by the deadly fungal disease.

Vermont is one of 30 states getting the funding.

Vermont’s little brown bat population has declined by up to 90 percent, and the northern long-eared bat has declined as much as 98 percent from the disease. Both species, as well as the tri-colored bat, were added to the state endangered species list.