The National Park Service is partnering with several states in the Rocky Mountain region to limit the spread of a disease found in bats called White-Nose Syndrome.

In June, the disease was found at Badlands National Park, and the nearby Fort Laramie Historic Site in Eastern Wyoming.

The park service says interagency efforts are underway to limit the spread of this deadly fungus into cave areas in northern Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota.

Holly Krake is a spokesperson for the park service.

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White-nose syndrome has been spreading west and now its been discovered in bats in South Dakota.

Silka Kempema, Wildlife Biologist for South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, and Kimberly Dickerson, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service White-Nose Syndrome Coordinator for the Mountain/Prairie Region, visit about what this means for the bat population and conservation.

Northern Long Eared Threatened Listing

Apr 6, 2015
Dr. Kristen Page / Biology Dept, Wheaton College

The Northern Long Eared Bat is now listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. 

The US Fish and Wildlife Service is hoping to protect the bats from further harm from White Nose Syndrome—it’s a fungus that has decimated the population in some states.

SD Bat May Make The Endangered Species List

Jun 30, 2014
Dr. Kristen Page / Biology Dept, Wheaton College

A small bat could be one of the next animals in the state to make the Endangered Species List. 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering listing the northern long-eared bat, the species was decimated by “White-Nose Syndrome” in the eastern United States.   

GF&P: Protect The Bat Cave

Dec 26, 2012

The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks is asking the Forest Service to hold off on opening up a road that is close to a sensitive bat cave.

The forest road is currently closed to motorized traffic in the wintertime to support wildlife habitat in the area.  

But adjacent private landowners are asking for year round easement.