Cumberland Gap Bats Test Positive for White-Nose Syndrome

February 12, 2013 / Kentucky, United States, North America
Historic Cumberland Gap.

Historic Cumberland Gap. Photo by AWJ-photography/flickr

White-nose syndrome has been found in bats hibernating in caves at Kentucky’s Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.

According to a news release, Park Superintendent Mark Woods has confirmed that three bats, from three different caves in the park have tested positive for the disease.

Two of the bats showed visible signs of WNS.

With more than 30 caves, including Gap Cave which hosts guided tours, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park is home to six species of cave-dwelling bats, including the endangered Indiana bat.

To try to delay the arrival of WNS and to be fully prepared should it appear, decontamination procedures were adopted at the park more than three years ago. Visitors on Gap Cave tours were being asked to not to take any items in caves since 2006 inside, while their footwear was decontaminated before tours.

Ranger led tours of the park’s Gap Cave, attended annually by almost 5000 visitors, will continue. Mark Woods, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Superintendent

As with nearby Mammoth Cave National Park, which itself confirmed WNS in one of its caves last month, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park has a mission to preserve natural treasures as well as provide a way for people to enjoy them.

White-Nose Syndrome Found on Bats at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park [Cumberland Gap National Historical Park]

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