White Nose Syndrome Spreads to Three More Kentucky Caves

February 7, 2012 / Kentucky, United States, North America
Bat with White Nose Syndrome

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Bats in three central Kentucky caves have recently tested positive for white nose syndrome.

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources have detected white nose syndrome in three species – the Northern long-eared, tri-colored and little brown bat.

WNS was first discovered in last spring in a privately owned cave in Trigg County in south-western Kentucky. Researchers checked all caves within a 26 kilometer (16 mile) radius, however no additional infected sites were discovered until now.

The latest confirmations are also privately own caves, located northeast of Hardinsburg in Breckinridge County. The caves are within a 20 mile radius of each other and are not open to the public.

Biologists are now assessing other caves in the area to determine the total extent of the spread.

White-nose Syndrome Spreads In Kentucky [Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources]

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