The state of white-nose syndrome in Minnesota bats

Bat with white-nose fungus
A little brown bat with white-nose fungus on its muzzle.
Courtesy Al HIcks, New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation

A disease known as white-nose syndrome has killed at least 6 million North American bats since it first appeared in New York less than a decade ago.

But on NPR's Morning Edition this week, Brian Mann reported that for the first time, scientists are seeing hopeful signs that some bat colonies are recovering—and that research may prevent future deaths.

On The Daily Circuit, we check in on what's happened to bats in Minnesota. The fungus that causes white-nose syndrome was found in two of Minnesota's largest bat enclaves: Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park in southeastern Minnesota and the Soudan Underground Mine State Park on the Iron Range.

If you notice any odd bat behavior, please contact the DNR.

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