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.
White-nose syndrome news
posted March 30, 2011
posted March 29, 2011
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...
Source: New Brunswick Museum
posted March 29, 2011
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.
posted February 9, 2011
The first occurances of white nose syndrome in the state of North Carolina have been discovered in a retired Avery County mine as well as in a cave at Grandfather Mountain State Park.
posted February 1, 2011
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have received confirmation that a bat found in a southern Indiana cave has tested positive for the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome. The case is the state's first for the WNS fungus, believed to be responsible for the deaths of more than one million bats in the eastern United States.
posted January 18, 2011
Bats play a significant role in the natural world and this biological function is being threatened by a disease that has already killed off millions of bats in the northeast United States. A new podcast recently released by Great Smoky Mountains National Park describes Park bat and cave resources and the potential threat of the often fatal disease known as white-nose syndrome (WNS) to its bat populations. The in-depth podcast, produced by Great Smoky Mountains Association, is available on the Park’s website www.nps.gov/grsm. In addition, a new bat exhibit has been installed at the Park’...
Source: National Park Service
posted December 9, 2010
GRAFTON, Mass. -- Researchers at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine have received funding for two new studies to investigate White Nose Syndrome, a little-understood fungal infection that has killed more than a million bats in the United States and Canada. These grants bring the number of White Nose studies underway at the school to three.
Source: Tufts University
posted October 16, 2010
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has confirmed that two Tennessee bats have tested positive for white nose syndrome.
posted October 12, 2010
State Wildlife Agencies like the Pennsylvania Game Commission are ratcheting up their response to white nose syndrome in order to better understand the disease and hopefully slow its spread to other states.
Source: Pennsylvania Game Commission
posted October 7, 2010
A leading bat expert with the USDA Forest Service's Southern Research Station identified nine bat species in Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee that she believes are severely threatened by white nose syndrome.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture