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DNR Launches Website to Highlight Fatal Bat Disease

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UNDATED — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has set up a new website to bring to light a threat to Minnesota’s bat population.

Non-Game Wildlife Information Officer Lori Naumann says a disease called White Nose Syndrome has been killing off bats along the east coast and is making its way westward.

Bats infected with the White Nose Syndrome will have the white fungus on their muzzles, ears and wings. Naumann says it causes the bats to leave their hibernation and go out looking for food. The bats ultimately die of exposure.

If you see a bat that looks sick or is dead, you can visit the DNR’s website for more information on how to report it. But, Naumann says never touch a bat with your bare hands.

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