Maarten Vonhof / Western Michigan University

We revisit two earlier interviews on WestSouthwest. A Western Michigan University researcher looking into why so many bats are dying from White Nose Syndrome. And asking if Kalamazoo's craft beer industry can keep growing. 


Craig Stihler / West Virginia Dept. of Natural Resources

(Lansing-MPRN) The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has placed the northern long-eared bat on the “threatened” species list. But the agency stopped short of saying the species is threatened with extinction by a fungus that’s already killed millions of bats. 

Ryan von Linden/NY Dept. of Environmental Conservation / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Several bats in northern Michigan have turned up with a white-nose syndrome. It's the first time the condition, which has killed millions of bats in other states, has been found in Michigan. 

The state Department of Natural Resources announced Thursday that this spring, researchers found five bats from three counties – Dickinson, Alpena and Mackinac – which showed signs of the disease. Laboratory tests confirmed that it was white-nose syndrome.