Missouri Monitoring for Disease Affecting Bats
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri conservation officials are monitoring caves and mines for a disease that can kill bats.
The disease is called white-nose syndrome and is caused by a fungus. It started in New York and has spread to 16 states and three Canadian provinces. More than 1 million bats have died.
Bill Elliott is a cave biologist and research scientist for the Missouri Department of Conservation. He says the fungus has been found in Missouri but that the closest confirmed infection in a bat
is in Kentucky about 55 miles away.
Elliott says researchers in Missouri have been checking for the disease the past two winters.
He says a wider net will likely be cast this winter. Elliott says bats help control pest insects.