White Nose Syndrome

Environment
9:30 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Kentucky to Get $47,000 to Study White Nose Syndrome

Marvin Moriarty USFWS

The federal government is giving Kentucky $47,500 to study a fatal bat disease. In total, 28 states will get more than $950,000 in grants for projects designed to track and research White Nose Syndrome.

The disease has been decimating bat populations in 22 states—including Kentucky—and 5 Canadian provinces for the past seven years. Bats are essential in keeping insect populations under control, and are an important part of the ecosystem.

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Environment
11:03 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Fatal Bat Disease Found in Two Kentucky State Parks

Marvin Moriarty USFWS

White Nose Syndrome has been found in two Kentucky state parks. State officials announced today that infected bats have turned up in caves at Carter Cave State Resort Park in Carter County and the Kingdom Come State Park Nature Preserve in Letcher County.

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Environment
12:11 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Deadly Bat Disease Found in Mammoth Cave National Park

Marvin Moriarty USFWS

White Nose Syndrome has been confirmed in Mammoth Cave National Park.

White Nose Syndrome is caused by a white fungus, and is deadly to bats. Since 2006, the fungus has been found in 21 states. The disease has killed more than 6 million bats in four Canadian provinces and 19 states, including Kentucky. Mammoth Cave has been taking steps to keep the fungus out of its caves--like making visitors walk over cleansing mats--but park superintendent Sarah Craighead confirmed the disease's presence today.

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Environment
3:19 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

New Agreement Will Help Protect Endangered Bat Habitats

Indiana Bat
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

A new agreement between federal and state governments aims to protect endangered Indiana Bats that spend part of the year in Kentucky's forests.

In the agreement, the Kentucky Division of Forestry will take the Indiana Bat into account when it manages the more than 43,000 acres of state forest land.

Indiana Bats have been on the nation’s endangered species list since 1967. In recent years, they’ve become increasingly vulnerable due to White Nose Syndrome—a fungal disease that’s fatal to bats.

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Environment
9:05 am
Mon December 10, 2012

No Bats Yet in Artificial Tennessee Cave

Marvin Moriarty USFWS

So far there are no bats hibernating in an artificial cave built in Tennessee to help protect the animals from a deadly fungus. But the project’s sponsors are holding out hope for next year.

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Environment
8:24 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Artificial Cave May Help Researchers Study Deadly Bat Disease

Marvin Moriarty USFWS

Researchers in Tennessee hope the creation of an artificial cave will help stop the progress of a deadly bat disease.

White Nose Syndrome was discovered in 2006 in upstate New York, and now it has spread to four Canadian provinces and 19 states, including Kentucky. The disease is caused by a white fungus, and so far scientists aren’t really sure how to control it.

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Environment
3:58 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Kentucky to Receive Federal Grant to Continue Studying Fatal Bat Disease

Marvin Moriarty USFWS

Kentucky is among 30 states that will receive federal funds to boost monitoring for a deadly bat disease.

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