A fungus that has been linked to bat colony decimation has been confirmed in two Minnesota State Parks, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The fungus is known to cause white-nose syndrome (WNS), which is a disease that is harmful and mostly fatal to hibernating bats, the DNR said. The fungus has reportedly decimated bat populations in eastern portions of the United States and Canada.
The Health Department has issued a public warning after a bat that tested positive for rabies was found near Lake of the Isles.
A family got the scare of their life when a bat entered their South St. Paul home during the night in August.
A 5-year-old North Branch girl is recovering after an unusual run-in with a bat at a retail store.
Health officials say a bat on a flight from Wisconsin to Atlanta last week has sparked a national search for passengers to protect them against possible rabies.