Invasive fungus that harms bats is spreading in Washington

White-nose syndrome is harmful to hibernating bats but does not affect humans, livestock, or other wildlife.

YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. — An invasive fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats continues to spread in Washington.

The fungus was detected in late spring near Rimrock Lake. During spring and summer fieldwork this year, scientists with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and U.S. Forest Service detected the fungus or disease in Yakima, Chelan and Mason counties.

White-nose syndrome is harmful to hibernating bats but does not affect humans, livestock, or other wildlife, according to the WDFW. Pseudogymnoascus destructans, the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome,

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