Fatal Bat fungus Spread to Ohio

COLUMBUS: State wildlife officials say a disease that has killed more than 1 million bats in eastern North America has spread to Ohio.

The fungus that causes lesions on bats’ muzzles was found recently on bats in an abandoned limestone mine in the Wayne National Forest in southern Ohio’s Lawrence County.

Officials say the white-nose syndrome has been confirmed in 15 states and two Canadian provinces. They are concerned bats throughout the state could become infected with the fungus — which is nearly always fatal.

Biologists believe the fungus is spread mainly from bat to bat, and it doesn’t affect human health.

Officials say bats are an important part of the ecosystem because they eat night-flying insect pests, including mosquitoes and beetles.

State and federal agencies are monitoring Ohio’s bat population

http://www.ohio.com/news/ohiocentric/118995669.html

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