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Mystery disease spreads, threatening bat population

In this photo released by the state DEC, bats are seen with "white-nose syndrome."
In this photo released by the state DEC, bats are seen with "white-nose syndrome."
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A mysterious ailment that killed thousands of hibernating bats near Albany last winter has spread to a cave in Schoharie County and one in Vermont, authorities said Wednesday. Wildlife officials are asking people to stay out of caves with bats in them until the situation is understood. Cavers in the town of Cobleskill found bats exhibiting symptoms tied to the illness in early January, and the discovery in a Vermont cave indicates the illness has ...

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