Fungus causing white-nose syndrome discovered in bats in Badlands NP; first case in South Dakota
A fungus that causes white-nose syndrome, a deadly disease of bats, has been detected on bats in South Dakota for the first time. The fungus was detected on one Western Small-footed bat (Myotis ciliolabrum) and four Big Brown bats (Eptesicus fuscus) in Jackson County at Badlands National Park in May.
The fungus was spotted on May 10 during proactive WNS testing conducted by the National Park Service Northern Great Plains Network in collaboration with the University of Wyoming. This is also the first known detection of the fungus on a Western Small-footed bat. Current evidence indicates that WNS is not a direct health risk for humans.