AUSTIN (TPWD) — Last winter, white-nose syndrome was detected in bats in 18 counties in Central Texas, and the disease has continued to spread. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is monitoring its progression through the state and is asking for the public’s help to understand how white-nose syndrome is affecting vulnerable bat populations.

“Last year, we received reports of bats dying or acting strange from around the state,” said Nathan Fuller, a TPWD bat biologist. “Unfortunately, we expect the same thing to happen this winter, and we are asking Texans to be on the lookout for distressed bats. Texas is a big state, and we can monitor bats much more effectively with more eyes out there looking for bats.”

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