Fungus killing bats in Medora

Photo courtesy: Darwin Brack/ US Fish and Wildlife

MEDORA, N.D. - The Game and Fish Department is reporting the first documented case of a fungus that caused the death of little brown bats in Medora.

It says the bats died of white-nose syndrome.

The fungus was found about a year ago on a live bat at Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site near Stanton.

White-nose syndrome has been confirmed in bats from 35 U.S. states and seven Canadian provinces so far.

It can lead to dehydration or other conditions that kill bats.