What should you do if you find dead or dying bats, or if you observe bats with signs of white-nose syndrome?

  • Contact your state wildlife agency, file an electronic report in those states that offer this service, e-mail U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists in your area (http://whitenosesyndrome.org/contacts), or contact your nearest Service field office (find locations at http://www.fws.gov/offices/) to report your potential WNS observations.

  • It is important to determine the species of bat, in case it is a federally protected species. Photograph the potentially affected bats (including close-up shots, if possible) and send the photograph and a report to a state or Service contact (above).

  • If you need to dispose of a dead bat found on your property, pick it up with a plastic bag over your hand or use disposable gloves. Place both the bat and the bag into another plastic bag, spray with disinfectant, close the bag securely, and dispose of it with your garbage. Thoroughly wash your hands and any clothing that comes into contact with the bat. See a short instructional video on our WNS website.

  • If you see a band on the wing or a small device with an antenna on the back of a bat (living or dead), contact your state wildlife agency or your nearest Service field office, as these are tools biologists use to identify individual bats.