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Little brown myotis (Myotis lucifugus) hibernating in an abandoned mine in Wisconsin. At such northern latitudes, they may hibernate for as much as 8 months, living off of stored fat reserves. If forced to araouse due to disturbance, each added arousal forces them to waste from 30 to 60 days worth of stored fat, potentially causing them to starve before spring. Winter surveys have undoubtedly increased mortality among those infected with White-Nosse Syndrome. Hibernation

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