Listen Live on  
 

1510 WLAC

Where Nashville Comes For News Talk
 
 

Tennessee, Kentucky getting white nose disease grants

 
Tennessee, Kentucky getting white nose disease grants
Posted Friday, June 28th 2013 @ 3pm  by News Center

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Tennessee and Kentucky are getting maximum grants under a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service program to combat a disease that is killing bats.

Tennessee and Kentucky will each receive more than $45,000. The agency awarded grants totaling nearly $1 million to 28 states.

Dr. Jeremy Coleman, the agency's white nose syndrome coordinator, said the grants provide essential support for monitoring and researching the malady. Coleman said an outbreak in one state in 2007 has spread rapidly to 22 states and five Canadian provinces.

Officials estimate the disease has killed more than 5.7 million bats.

The disease name comes from a whitish fungus that forms on infected bats' faces. Some emerge from hibernation during cold weather and use up stored fat in a fruitless attempt to feed on insects.

Recommended Stories

More from 1510 WLAC

*