So far, no cases of white-nose syndrome have been discovered in Texas.
But it usually takes two to four years before the fungus starts causing white-nose syndrome, said Jonah Evans, a Texas Parks and Wildlife mammalogist.
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Texas Parks and Wildlife announced this week that the fungus was found in 22 sites in 16 counties in 2019. Eleven of those counties are new and it has now been found in 21 Texas counties.
The fungus' spread across the U.S. has led some scientists to warn that it could lead to a regional extinction of some bat species. The syndrome gets its name from the white fuzz found on the noses of infected bats as they overwinter in caves.
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Last year, National Geographic went so far as to warn that a bat apocalypse is unfolding.
The syndrome disrupts bats during hibernation.
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"It causes them to wake up multiple times while they are hibernating," Evans said. "It depletes reserves and the bats die off from starvation or go in search of food and then they die."
Will the same thing happen in Texas?
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Another warm weather state, Mississippi, has had the fungus longer than Texas but hasn't seen white-nose syndrome develop.
"There's a lot we still don't know about," Evans said.
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