Apparently, hikers spread around a fungus that's killing bats at an alarming rate. Think that's not a problem? Well, bats eat bugs (100,000 tons a year!) and bugs eat crops. Without bats to keep the insect populations in check, humans don't have food from farms or those farms have to use even more pesticides on our foods. Either option is scary!
The lessons here are easy.
- Leave nature alone. It's believed humans spread this disease by going into bat caves.
- All animal life is important and should be respected.
Now, onto the story from CBS News: