WKU Public Radio News Staff
Bat Malady in Park Cave
Tue March 20, 2012
White Nose Confirmed in Smokies
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.
The malady has caused a massive die-off of bats in Eastern portions of the United States, and it has been detected in recent months in some caves in Kentucky. National Park Spokesman Bob Miller issed a statement, revealing that a tricolored bat and a little brown bat located in a park cave have been found to have the disease. The name "white-nose" comes from the fact that a white fungus forms on the faces of many infected bats. The actual cause of death from the syndrome isn't known and there is no known cure for the disease.