White-nose syndrome news

DEP Announces Fungus Affecting Bat Population Identified in Connecticut

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced it has detected the first presence in Connecticut of bats affected with "white-nose syndrome," (WNS) a fungus connected with the death of large numbers of bats in New York, Massachusetts, and Vermont and being closely monitored by other states along the east coast. The affected species in Connecticut are the little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus) and northern long-eared (Myotis septentrionalis). Both are fairly common and found statewide. DEP Wildlife Biologists confirmed the presence of WNS in bats in a winter hibernating area...

Bat Mortalities in Massachusetts

After receiving reports in February from Vermont and New York about large numbers of bats dying in caves, biologists from MassWildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service investigated caves and mines in western Massachusetts where colonies of bats are known to spend the winter. Biologists observed bats flying around outside of the state's larges mine when they should have all been inside hibernating, and found dead bats near the entrance of the hibernacula (winter quarters) which were collected for further study. Biologists confirmed that these bats, like the ones in Vermont and New York,...