Fungal Bat Disease Costing U.S. Agriculture Millions
However, in a parallel to stories seen over the past few decades on bumblebees, bats are also finding their populations under attack. White-nose syndrome (WNS) is considered one of the worst wildlife diseases in modern times having killed millions of bats across North America.
A recent article from Boise State Public Radio outlines that a fiscal loss for agriculture accompanies the bat population loss. They report that a recent paper out of Colorado State University suggests the loss of bats due to the highly contagious fungal disease costs U.S. agriculture up to $495 million a year, based on 2017 estimates. White-nose syndrome has now been confirmed in 38 states.