Disease killing bats in Wisconsin
greater impact anticipated on environment and west nile virus
GRANT COUNTY-MADISON - White-nose syndrome, a bat disease that has spread to 23 states and killed up to 5 million bats since 2006, has been confirmed in Wisconsin, the DNR confirmed Thursday.
Results from visual inspection and genetic and tissue tests completed earlier this month showed that 2 percent of bats in a single mine in Southwestern Wisconsin had the disease, named for the characteristic white fuzz on their nose, wings and tails, according to Erin Crain, who leads the Department of Natural Resources Natural Heritage Conservation Program.
"The discovery is not a surprise but it's a sad day for Wisconsin. We face the loss of multiple bat species and the benefits they provide to our ecosystems and our people," Crain says.