WNS causes severe dehydration, starvation, and wing damage, which is why so few bats survive until spring emergence and return from hibernation. Illustration by Kim O’Keefe for The Save Lucy Campaign. All rights reserved.

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week.

I have some bad news this week. Unfortunately, scientists have confirmed that a bat in Texas has been found with White Nose Syndrome. This is the first time a bat has been found in Texas with White Nose, however, the fungus that can cause the disease has been present for a while. The bat was found on February 23 in Gillespie County. Many bat lovers had hoped that since the fungus that causes White Nose Syndrome survives better in colder conditions, Texas might not get hit by the disease. There are also five bats in Bell County, TX who are thought to be infected. Testing these cases will take a few weeks.

Last year, there were 21 counties in Texas where the fungus had been found, including Comal County. Comal County is home to Bracken cave where approximately 15 million bats spend the summer.

If you want to read more about this finding, you can find the article here.

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