White-nose syndrome found in bats in Independence, Newton and Madison counties in Arkansas

03/06/2015 LITTLE ROCK – Bats from a privately-owned cave in Independence County, a cave on the Buffalo National River in Newton County and a cave on McIlroy Madison County Wildlife Management Area have been confirmed to have white-nose syndrome or the fungus associated with it.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission confirmed the presence of white-nose syndrome, a disease fatal to several bat species, in two caves early last year. Arkansas now has confirmed bats from four counties have WNS and it is suspected in three others. Since 2010, the AGFC and other public agencies around the state have closed most all public caves in the state to slow the spread of white-nose syndrome.

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