Fungus Responsible for Bat Disease Found in Oklahoma

Three tri-colored bats from a privately owned cave in eastern Oklahoma's Delaware County have tested positive for the fungus that is associated with the disease known as white-nose syndrome. This disease has been confirmed in seven hibernating bat species across the eastern North America. With these new findings, Oklahoma becomes the third state where the fungus has been confirmed, but the disease is not yet present.
A biologist prepares to swab a tri-colored bat during annual surveillance efforts. (Jena Donnell/ODWC)