White-nose syndrome news

White-nose syndrome found in bats in the Ouachita and Ozark Mountains in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK - More incidences of bats infected with white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease deadly to bats, have been found at several locations in the Ouachita Mountains and in the Ozark Mountains. White-nose Syndrome has now been confirmed on bats in caves in Franklin and Searcy counties and the fungus associated with WNS has been found in mines in Garland and Polk counties. The confirmation came after bats from a number of sites were tested by the National Wildlife Health Center and by the Center for Microbial Genetics and Genomics at Northern Arizona University.

Recent research may help with future treatment of bats with white-nose syndrome

After several years of research to better understand white-nose syndrome (WNS), a disease that has killed more than 5 million bats since it was discovered in 2007, scientists are beginning to see promising results that could eventually help treat and recover affected bat species. On May 19 the U.S. Forest Service and partners released bats in Missouri that had WNS last fall but were treated during the past winter as part of a series of experiments the agency is conducting to identify potential treatments for the deadly bat disease. This work complements other ongoing research into WNS...

Fungus Responsible for Bat Disease Found in Oklahoma

Three tri-colored bats from a privately owned cave in eastern Oklahoma's Delaware County have tested positive for the fungus that is associated with the disease known as white-nose syndrome. This disease has been confirmed in seven hibernating bat species across the eastern North America. With these new findings, Oklahoma becomes the third state where the fungus has been confirmed, but the disease is not yet present.

White-nose syndrome small grants program is accepting proposals for research and communication needs

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has made funds available to support research and communications needs outlined in the White-Nose Syndrome National Plan (https://www.whitenosesyndrome.org/national-plan/white-nose-syndrome-national-plan). This opportunity is open to entities that are not U.S. Federal government agencies. The deadline to submit a proposal is October 12, 2016. The Wildlife Management Institute coordinates and administers these grants on behalf of the USFWS.