DEP Says CT Bat Population Hit Hard by White-Nose Syndrome

A syndrome that attacks hibernating bats is much more severe in Connecticut this winter than last and will lead to a dramatic reduction in the size of the state’s bat population this summer, according to wildlife experts at the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

The DEP says visits to Connecticut’s two major winter hibernaculas – caves and mines where bats hibernate– revealed that 80 to 90 percent of the bats there have died after contracting what is known as white-nose syndrome (WNS).