published Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

White-nose syndrome shows up in Chattanooga area cave

A file photo of brown bats hibernating in New Mammoth Cave near LaFollette, Tenn.
A file photo of brown bats hibernating in New Mammoth Cave near LaFollette, Tenn.
Photo by Tracey Trumbull.
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A fatal bat disease, white-nose syndrome, has been found in a cave in the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.

A biologist and volunteers working within the park collected two tricolored bats in a park cave in Hamilton County.

One of the two bats tested positive for white-nose syndrome, a disease that already has killed nearly 7 million bats across the eastern United States.

Scientists say the disease and bat deaths may have a huge impact on nuisance insects such as mosquitoes and agricultural pests.

Read more in the Thursday edition of the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

about Pam Sohn...

Pam Sohn has been reporting or editing Chattanooga news for 25 years. A Walden’s Ridge native, she began her journalism career with a 10-year stint at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. She came to the Chattanooga Times Free Press in 1999 after working at the Chattanooga Times for 14 years. She has been a city editor, Sunday editor, wire editor, projects team leader and assistant lifestyle editor. As a reporter, she also has covered the police, ...

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