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Bat-killing disease confirmed in Kittitas County, WDFW says

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife confirmed a white-nose disease that is prominent among bats and is fatal, like Cle Elum. It is for the first time that this disease has been confirmed by The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife in the Cascades. Kittitas County has been added with King, Pierce and Lewis counties and is the fourth-largest county.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife sent four dead bats to U.S. Geological Survey National Wildlife Health Center and they confirmed that they all were suffering from white-nose syndrome.

The disease is highly dangerous for hibernating bats but does not even damage a hair for wildlife and humans. It attacks the wings of the bats and damages their ability to fly. It also awakens them up early from their hibernation phase. It results in their loss of fat in the body, they suffer from dehydration and ultimately, die.

Bat-killing disease confirmed in Kittitas County, WDFW says
Bat-killing disease confirmed in Kittitas County, WDFW says

“We are appreciative that this property holder was a minding steward of these bats and reached out to let us think about the bats on their belonging, and for detailing of the dead bats,” said Abby Tobin, the facilitator of white-nose disorder at The Washington DC Department of Fish and Wildlife. He likewise includes, “We depend on these kinds of tips from people in general of debilitated or dead bats, or gatherings of bats, to screen bat populaces and track the spread of this lethal bat malady.”

The first case that was documented in Washington was in 2015 and The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has confirmed 34 cases of such bats since then.

It is a very dangerous and harmful disease for bats and it might also result in their extinction. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is still researching and finding ways to cure this disease.

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