White-Nose Syndrome Confirmed In Wyoming Bats For 1st Time


Photo Courtesy: Devils Tower National Park

Two bats from northeastern Wyoming’s Devils Tower National Monument have been found with the state’s first confirmed cases of a deadly fungal disease.

White-nose syndrome has killed millions of bats in North America since the fungus first appeared in New York in 2006.

Testing showed signs of the fungus in bats from southeastern Wyoming in 2018. Devils Tower resource management chief Russ Cash calls the recent confirmation at the park “disheartening and frustrating.”

The Gillette News Record reports the positive test results are no surprise after cases in neighboring states. The disease has appeared in at least 37 states and seven Canadian provinces.