white nose syndrome

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Since its discovery in a population of bats in a New York cave in 2007, white nose syndrome has become one of the gravest threats to American and Canadian bats.  White nose is a fungal infection that disrupts the bat’s hibernation cycle and has resulted in the death of approximately 6 million bats in North America.  Kentucky has not escaped the infection’s spread; it first appeared in the Commonwealth in 2011 and has been detected in bats in western Kentucky’s Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.

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"The reason bats are important is because they're the night shift on insect patrol," says energy journalist Nancy Grant. She recently wrote an article for Kentucky Living's "On The Grid" section titled, "Bats For Trees," in which she explains why the health of the little animal has an impact on electricity. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Grant about the complicated issue involving two conflicting government agencies and efforts to maintain populations of the Northern long-eared bat alive, which has been plagued by white-nose syndrome.

Girl Scout Troop: Help Save the Bats!

Jun 26, 2015
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A local Girl Scouts Troop is hoping to make a difference when it comes to protect one of Murray's more vulnerable nocturnal residents -- the bats. 

Kate Lochte sat down to talk with Junior Girl Scout Troop 1154 leader Jennifer Bryson and scout Alyssa during WKMS's Sounds Good about their Facebook page and community project to "Help Save the Bats." 

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A disease that has already ravaged parts of the North American bat population has been discovered in another southern Kentucky cave. Researchers found bats with White Nose Syndrome in a dozen tri-colored bats living in the WKU-owned Crumps Cave in Warren County.

White Nose Syndrome Taking its Toll in Kentucky

Jan 14, 2015
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Despite a somewhat rosy outlook in the eastern United States, white nose syndrome shows no signs of letting up in Kentucky bats.

The bat disease known as white-nose syndrome has been spreading fast, killing millions of animals. But for the first time, scientists are seeing hopeful signs that some bat colonies are recovering and new breakthroughs could help researchers develop better strategies for helping bats survive.

A researcher at Mammoth Cave National Park is fearful that a fungal disease is set to kill large numbers of bats in the region.

White Nose Syndrome was first discovered at the park in south-central Kentucky last year, and has impacted at least six of the eight bat species found inside the cave. Rick Toomey, director of the Mammoth Cave International Center for Science and Learning, says researchers at the park are expecting a spike in White Nose cases.

“Unfortunately we’re expecting potentially our next big milestone this year, when we may start seeing fairly large population drops, or possibly finding bats dying of white nose at the park.”

Watch: WKU Public Radio photojournalist Abbey Oldham recently produced a video exploring the potential impact of White Nose Syndrome on the bat populations at Mammoth Cave, and what the park is doing to combat the fungus:

Toomey says an estimated 6.5 million bats in North America have died due to White Nose Syndrome, although he believes the actual number could be much higher. Great Smokey Mountains National Park in Tennessee has recently seen a surge in bat deaths due to White Nose Syndrome—deaths Toomey says haven’t shown up yet in official estimates.

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The first confirmed case of a fatal bat disease has been found in Mammoth Cave National Park. White Nose Syndrome is a fungal disease that has killed millions of bats across North America. Nearly all infected bats die, and so far scientists haven’t been able to stop the spread of the fungus.

Man-made Cave to Offer Bats Haven from Disease

Sep 14, 2012
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New tenants wanted: must be quiet during the day, must enjoy bugs. It might not sound like your kind of real estate, but then, you’re not a bat.

A new man-made cave near Clarksville is being built to give thousands of bats a safe haven from a devastating infection called white-nose syndrome; the experimental project may house bats’ best hope against the disease.

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

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