- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Authorities say the fungus that causes a bat-killing disease has been detected in Nebraska.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission said Thursday in a news release that samples were collected earlier this year from bats hibernating in a mine in eastern Nebraska’s Cass County. The fungus presence was confirmed by researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

The fungus causes what’s known as white-nose syndrome, which experts say has killed more than 6 million bats in North America since it was first found in New York in 2007.

Zoologist Mike Fritz says that although the fungus has been found in Nebraska, the disease has not yet been found in any bats in the state.

Studies say insect control by bats is worth billions of dollars annually to agriculture.

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