Relentless bat plague not abating

Lee Shearer – July 27, 2017

A plague that’s wiping out bats in Georgia and many other states shows little sign of abating.

White-nose syndrome has dramatically reduced bat populations since it was first detected in New York about a decade ago, possibly introduced from Europe by cavers.

Since then it has spread north, west and south — killing bats in Canada and other parts of the United States. It showed up in Washington in 2016 and Texas in 2017, and has also spread to Alabama, Mississippi, Nebraska, Minnesota and other parts of the South and Midwest.

It’s named white-nose for the white fungus that shows up on the muzzles and skin of infected bats.