A farmer interviewed by CBS News said the effect on farmers if this fungus illness spreads to more bats across the U.S. could be catastrophic.
James Roby told Correspondent Betty Nguyen, "It could be apocalyptic, because we're talking about a check that's been in place for years that takes hundreds of tons of insects out of the ecosystem. And that problem is going to be very similar to the clouds of locusts. Not only is it going to affect our crops, but it's going to affect our people."
An adult female Gould's Wattle bat in Sydney, Australia.
Dying bats called No. 1 mammal crisis in U.S.