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Deadly bat disease has reached Wisconsin

LA CROSSE, Wisc. (WXOW)- It has been confirmed.  Wildlife officials say a deadly bat disease has reached Wisconsin.

On Thursday, the Department of Natural Resources announced that tests completed earlier this month show at least two bats in a Grant County mine had white-nose syndrome.  White- nose syndrome causes hibernating bats to frequently wake from hibernation, depleting their energy reserves and leading to starvation or dehydration.  This winter, visual surveys of 85 other mine and cave sites didn't turn up any other signs of the disease but the DNR is awaiting test results on samples collected at 19 of those sites.

The disease has been confirmed in 23 other states so far.  Since 2006, it has killed up to 5 million bats.

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