WNS Confirmed in Kentucky’s Daniel Boone National Forest

Little Brown Bat with White-nose Syndrome.

Little Brown Bat with White-nose Syndrome. Photo by Jonathan Mays/Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

The U.S. Forest Service announced earlier this month that white-nose syndrome has spread to Kentucky’s Daniel Boone National Forest.

Out of a total of 38 bat hibernaculums that were surveyed for the disease in the forest this past winter, the devastating disease was discovered at six of them. The affected caves were located in three separate counties; Jackson, Rockcastle and Pulaski.

Officials with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources confirmed laboratory findings of the disease.

Despite all non-commercial caves on national forest land in the eastern U.S. being closed to the public, and measures by both state and federal agencies to limit spread of the disease, the disease continues to advance.

This past winter nearly 60 Kentucky caves were monitored for white-nose syndrome.

White-nose syndrome found in Daniel Boone National Forest [U.S. Forest Service]

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