MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Wildlife experts are trying to spread the word about a disease that's killing bats. It's called White-Nose Syndrome.
It comes from a fungus growing in cool, damp places like caves and mines. Thursday, a presentation by a Michigan Department of Natural Resources expert shed light on the impact of the disease. Once the bats get White-Nose Syndrome, it disrupts their hibernation cycle, leading to death from starvation and exposure to harmful weather.
"Our bat population has suffered about an 83 percent loss since this disease arrived here in 2014," said DNR Expert, Bill Scullon. "It's a very devastating disease and some of our sites that used to have a population of 15,000-20,000 bats are down to a population of a dozen or 100 bats, it impacts multiple species, and it causes mass mortality."
The Michigan DNR has been giving this speaking tour all across Upper Michigan.