SALEM, Ind. (AP) — Wildlife officials say a bat
found in a southern Indiana cave has tested positive for the state’s first
instance of a fungus blamed for killing more than a million bats in the
eastern United States.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday that a brown bat
with white-nose syndrome was captured in late January inside Endless Cave
near the Washington County town of Salem. The agency says more bats with
signs of the disease were found during routine surveys at other caves.
All state-managed caves have been closed to the public the past two years in
an attempt to stem spread of the fungus, which people can spread by spores
on their clothing.
director John Davis urged private cave owners to do the same.