White-nose syndrome news

UT Professor Finds Economic Importance of Bats in the Billions

Gary McCracken, head of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has analyzed the economic impact of the loss of bats in North America in agriculture and has found it to be in the $3.7 to $53 billion a year range.

White Nose Syndrome Detected in Ohio

Wildlife officials have confirmed the first case of white nose syndrome in bats hibernating in an abandoned mine on the Wayne National Forest in Lawrence County.

Iowa DNR: Caves to remain closed

Caves at Maquoketa Caves State Park will remain closed this season, as natural resources officials work to slow the spread of a disease fatal to bats. The caves are a popular feature at the state park, in Jackson County.

New Brunswick Museum Researchers discover bat-killing fungus in New Brunswick, Canada

New Brunswick Museum Researchers Dr. Donald McAlpine and Karen Vanderwolf have discovered White-nose Syndrome (WNS) in New Brunswick’s most important known bat over-wintering cave, located in Albert County. At least twenty-five percent of the bats in the cave have died as a result of this fungus, which grows on bats during their winter hibernation period. Since it was first discovered in New York State in 2006, this disease has spread to thirteen other states as well as Quebec and Ontario, killing over one million insect-eating bats. In some populations, the mortality rate has...