Bat-decimating fungus found in Great Smoky Mountains NP

A fungus that has decimated the bat population in the Northeast has now been detected in the Smokies, officials said Monday.

National Park Service spokesman Bob Miller said one little brown bat taken from hibernation at White Oaks Blowhole Cave tested positive for white-nose syndrome.

A news release from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park said the debilitating fungus was confirmed by the U.S. Geological Survey's National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wis.

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