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Jul 31, 2013 3:47 PM by Eric Ross

Deadly bat fungus found in Arkansas caves

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A fungus that is known to kill bats has been found in two north Arkansas caves.

A low-level of fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats was discovered in a cave at Devil's Den State Park in Washington County and a private cave located in southern Baxter County. No bat deaths due to white-nose syndrome are known to have occurred in Arkansas.

Blake Sasse is the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Nongame Mammal program leader. He says the agency will be watching the caves closely. He says the representatives from agency will visit the caves in the winter to see if the fungus has caused the development of white-nose syndrome and to see if its spread.

White-nose syndrome does not pose a threat to humans, pets or livestock.

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