Shea-Porter bill looks at wildlife disease

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter of New Hampshire has introduced a bill calling for improved responses to wildlife diseases such as white nose syndrome, a fungal infection that has killed off bats.

She originally introduced the Wildlife Disease Emergency Act in 2010. That year, she also led a letter to the House Appropriations Committee requesting an allocation of $5 million to help combat white nose syndrome.

The new bill would allow the Department of the Interior to declare wildlife disease emergencies in multiple states. Once an emergency is declared, the department would lead a coordinated response in partnership with federal agencies, state and local governments.

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