Wildlife experts with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Division is urging the public to help report bats infected with white-nose syndrome.
In a news release, the TPWD continues to monitoring the progression of the disease, which has infected bats in 18 counties.
White-nose syndrome is a fungal disease that affects hibernating bats during the cold winter months, with January and February considered as dangerous months, wildlife experts warned. The fungus thrives in colder temperatures, which encourages growth.
Nathan Fuller, a Texas bat biologist, urges Texans to keep an eye out for distressed bats and their ecosystems and report any bat deaths in their area. He said in a statement they will attempt to escape from their roosts once infected, which often leads to death.
The disease was first identified in 2006 in New York and quickly spread throughout North America. Millions of bats have perished since the disease emerged.
Although bats can easily spread the disease with other bats, the risk to humans remains very low, wildlife experts said.
To report a dead bat, email the Texas Parks and Wildlife Division at email@example.com, with a description, location, and a general paragraph. Experts urge people not to touch or handle live or dead bats.