The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has confirmed the presence of white-nose syndrome in federally listed endangered gray bats in upper East Tennessee.
The disease was found in very rare bats that wintered in caves in Hawkins and Montgomery counties, and is the first confirmation of white-nose syndrome in federally listed gray bats.
“The documented spread of [white-nose syndrome] on gray bats is devastating news,” said Paul McKenzie, a Fish and Wildlife Service endangered species coordinator, in a prepared statement.
“This species was well on the road to recovery, and confirmation of the disease is great cause for concern,” he said.
Read more in tomorrow’s Times Free Press.
Pam Sohn has been reporting or editing Chattanooga news for 25 years. A Walden’s Ridge native, she began her journalism career with a 10-year stint at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. She came to the Chattanooga Times Free Press in 1999 after working at the Chattanooga Times for 14 years. She has been a city editor, Sunday editor, wire editor, projects team leader and assistant lifestyle editor. As a reporter, she also has covered the police, ...