White Nose Syndrome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Bats are an essential part of a healthy ecosystem. However a newly discovered disease, white-nose syndrome, is devastating bat populations across the eastern United States, killing millions of bats, and threatening extinction for several species of these beneficial creatures. The fungus suspected of causing the disease was found on bats hibernating in Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the spring of 2010. Watch the short video below to learn what the park is doing to help bats in the Smokies.