One More Focus of “White Nose Syndrome” Mycosis identified in bats at Crumps Cave


(WNS), an often-fatal disease that is ravaging populations throughout eastern North America, was positively identified last week within WKU-owned Crumps Cave in northern Warren County near Smiths Grove.

Dr. Rick Toomey, Director of the Mammoth Cave International Center for Science and Learning, led a team of National Park Service scientists on a survey of the cave’s bats on Feb. 10. It soon became clear that there was a serious problem when the second bat they investigated had unmistakable signs of the telltale white fungus associated with WNS that can grow on the bats’ faces and other areas of the body.


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