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Wed January 16, 2013
Environmental Watchdog

Deadly Bat Disease Found in Mammoth Cave

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.

Credit Marvin Moriarty / USFWS