|We wanted to visit the Dunbar Cave but it, and many other caves in the country, are closed because the bats that live there are getting White-nose Syndrome….a new disease that is causing the most precipitous decline of North American wildlife in the past century. It has killed more than one million bats in less than four years and threatens to devastate bat populations across the continent. Nearly 100 percent of bats have died at some sites. It’s a fungus that grows on their noses. Circumstantial evidence suggests humans may inadvertently carry this virus from infected sites to clean sites.