white nose syndrome http://wkyufm.org en White-Nose Syndrome Found in Daniel Boone National Forest http://wkyufm.org/post/white-nose-syndrome-found-daniel-boone-national-forest <p></p><p>A rapidly spreading fungal disease affecting bats has been discovered in Daniel Boone National Forest.</p><p>The U.S. Forest Service says white-nose syndrome was found on hibernating bats in six caves inside the forest. Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources confirmed laboratory findings.</p><p>Some 5.7 million to 6.7 million bats have died since the disease was first detected in New York in 2006. It has since spread across the eastern U.S. as far west as Missouri and into Canada.</p><p>Forest Biologist Sandra Kilpatrick says 38 bat hibernation caves were surveyed over the winter, with white-nose syndrome found in six. Those six caves are in Jackson, Rockcastle and Pulaski counties.</p><p>No human illnesses have been attributed to white-nose syndrome, although people are able to spread the fungus. Thu, 02 May 2013 21:55:29 +0000 Associated Press 30341 at http://wkyufm.org White-Nose Syndrome Found in Daniel Boone National Forest Bat Disease Found in Two More State Parks http://wkyufm.org/post/bat-disease-found-two-more-state-parks <p>A disease responsible for killing millions of bats in North America has spread to caves at two state parks in eastern Kentucky that are homes to federally endangered bats, parks officials said Friday.</p><p>White-nose syndrome has been detected in caves at Carter Caves State Resort Park and Kingdom Come State Park, said state parks department spokesman Gil Lawson. Small numbers of bats have died so far from the disease, he said.</p><p>It's the latest red flag in the fight to prevent the spread of the disease in Kentucky, home to large numbers of bats that hibernate in a vast network of caves.</p><p>The disease has been found in 10 Kentucky counties - Bell, Breckinridge, Carter, Christian, Edmonson, Hart, Letcher, Trigg, Warren and Wayne, Lawson said. White-nose was confirmed earlier this year at Cumberland Gap National Historic Park and in one of the caves at Mammoth Cave National Park. Fri, 15 Feb 2013 20:44:21 +0000 Associated Press 26566 at http://wkyufm.org White-Nose Syndrome Hits Bats at Cumberland Gap http://wkyufm.org/post/white-nose-syndrome-hits-bats-cumberland-gap <p>White-nose syndrome, a disease deadly to bats, has been confirmed at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.</p><p>Park Superintendent Mark Woods said laboratory tests on three bats from the park's more than 30 caves tested positive for the disease.White-nose syndrome is known to be transmitted primarily from bat to bat, but it can be carried between caves by humans on clothing, footwear, and caving gear.</p><p>White-nose syndrome is not known to affect people, pets, or livestock but is harmful or lethal to hibernating bats. Mon, 11 Feb 2013 18:04:45 +0000 Associated Press 26282 at http://wkyufm.org White-Nose Syndrome Hits Bats at Cumberland Gap Forest Service Extends Cave and Mine Closures http://wkyufm.org/post/forest-service-extends-cave-and-mine-closures <p>The USDA Forest Service is extending mine and cave closures to help protect bats, in the fight against white nose syndrome. The disease is expected to spread to caves and abandoned mines in the Daniel Boone National Forest.</p><p> Thu, 31 May 2012 13:01:15 +0000 Dan Modlin 13276 at http://wkyufm.org White Nose Confirmed in Smokies http://wkyufm.org/post/white-nose-confirmed-smokies <p>Biologists in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park have confirmed that two bats found in a park cave have white-nose syndrome. The fungus that causes the disease had been found earlier in the Smokies. Wed, 21 Mar 2012 03:15:00 +0000 Dan Modlin & Associated Press 9429 at http://wkyufm.org White Nose Confirmed in Smokies