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.
White-nose syndrome news
posted May 28, 2015
posted May 20, 2015
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...
posted May 19, 2015
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.
posted May 12, 2015
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 June 13, 2015. The Wildlife Management Institute coordinates and administers these grants on behalf of the USFWS.
posted April 23, 2015
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is pleased to announce the availability of research funding in 2015 to investigate issues related directly to the management of white-nose syndrome (WNS). This opportunity is open to non-governmental, university, and private researchers, as well as State, Federal, and Tribal agency personnel. The deadline to submit a proposal is June 18. For information on WNS and currently funded projects, please see: http://www.whitenosesyndrome.org/ . As of April 10, 2015, WNS or evidence of the fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd) has been reported...
posted April 20, 2015
For the first time in history, North American nations have formalized their shared interest in bat conservation. On April 16, wildlife leaders representing Canada, Mexico and the United States signed a Letter of Intent that will promote monitoring, research and environmentally sustainable policies and practices that support bats and their habitats. The signing was a highlight 2015's annual meeting of the Canada/Mexico/U.S. Trilateral Committee for Wildlife and Ecosystem Conservation and Management and comes at a time when bat populations across North America are increasingly threatened by the...
posted April 16, 2015
DES MOINES - White-nose syndrome has been confirmed in Iowa, making it the 26th state to confirm the disease of hibernating bats that has killed more than 5.7 million bats since 2006. Three bats collected in Des Moines County were confirmed to have white-nose syndrome (WNS). Two little brown bats and one northern long-eared bat observed near a cave entrance showed visible signs of WNS during monitoring for the disease. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin confirmed that the bats had WNS. Pseudogymnoascus destructans (P. d.), the...
posted April 8, 2015
UC Santa Cruz researchers are testing the bacteria as a potential treatment to control white-nose syndrome, which is devastating bat populations in North America
posted April 1, 2015
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Protects Northern Long-eared Bat as Threatened Under Endangered Species Act Also Issues Interim Special Rule that Tailors Protections to Eliminate Unnecessary Restrictions and Provide Regulatory Flexibility for Landowners The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today it is protecting the northern long-eared bat as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), primarily due to the threat posed by white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease that has devastated many bat populations. At the same time, the Service issued an interim special...
posted March 18, 2015
To: Natural Resource/Conservation Managers From: Dr. Jonathan Sleeman, Center Director, USGS National Wildlife Health Center Date: March 13, 2015 The USGS National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) has updated the Bat Submission Guidelines for the 2014/2015 white-nose syndrome (WNS) surveillance season. These guidelines, which are posted on the NWHC WNS web page, replace all previous NWHC bat submission criteria. Included are reference charts to assist submitters with selecting priority species and appropriate samples for diagnostic submission based on location. A map that designates WNS...