Even as state and federal agencies expand efforts to slow its spread, white-nose syndrome in bats is spreading at an alarming rate and quickly approaching the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area.
A mysterious disease first discovered in New York in late 2006, white-nose syndrome has already killed an estimated five million bats, according to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Just seven years after its initial discovery by a spelunker who was photographing bats, WNS has now been confirmed in 21 U.S. states. The mysterious disease is now prevalent in Tennessee, particularly along the Cumberland Plateau.To continue reading, please subscribe to the Independent Herald. If you are already a subscriber, email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive login credentials. If you are a subscriber who is logged in and believe you are seeing this message in error, please email email@example.com or call 423-569-6343.