White-Nose Syndrome is a disease that affects hibernating bats caused by a fungus called Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd). This fungus disrupts the bat’s hibernation and causes them to come out of their hibernation more frequently and burn through their fat reserves faster. The disease has had a devastating impact on bats since its discovery in 2006.
White-Nose Syndrome has been found in Wisconsin, but it has not yet spread across the entire state. Scientists are unsure exactly how it first got to the United States. The fungus can survive for extended periods of time on items like clothing and shoes and the disease can easily be passed through bat-to-bat contact.