White-nose syndrome news

Forest Service Considering Restrictions for Northern Region Caves

MISSOULA, Mont. – Due to the westward spread of white-nose syndrome among bats, Regional Forester Leslie Weldon is considering potential restrictions for caves and abandoned mines on National Forests and National Grasslands in the Northern Region of the U.S. Forest Service. The Northern Region encompasses North Dakota, Montana, north Idaho, and northwest South Dakota.

Early Signs of White Nose Syndrome Spreading to Bats

The beginnings of the disease white nose syndrome have been discovered in the little brown bat population in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia.

New River Gorge National River: White-Nose Syndrome Confirmed in Park Bats

New River Gorge National River has detected the presence of white-nose syndrome (WNS) in central Fayette County, West Virginia. This winter National Park Service wildlife biologist Mark Graham observed bats flying out of several of the park’s abandoned mine portals in the middle of the day. “It was the wrong time of year and definitely the wrong time of day for healthy bats to be coming out of the mines rather than hibernating,” said Graham.

White-Nose Syndrome Confirmed in Kentucky

Frankfort, KY – The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) have detected the presence of white-nose syndrome (WNS) in Trigg County, in southwest Kentucky.

Michigan Bats Show No Signs of White Nose Syndrome

A survey of 24 known bat wintering sites in Michigan showed no signs of white nose syndrome in bats hibernating there.

New Study Highlights Importance of Ecosystem Services Provided by Bats

Boston University News Release-Thomas H. Kunz, Warren Distinguished Professor and director of Boston University’s Center for Ecology and Conservation Biology, and a team of researchers, including Elizabeth Braun de Torrez, graduate student in BU’s Department of Biology; Dana M. Bauer, assistant professor in BU’s Department of Geography and Environment; Tatyana Lobova, assistant professor in Old Dominion University’s Department of Biology; and Theodore H. Fleming, emeritus professor of biology at the University of Miami and adjunct professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the...

Bats Worth Billions to Agriculture: Pest-Control Services at Risk

Boston University News Release-Thomas Kunz, Warren Distinguished Professor in Boston University’s Department of Biology, has coauthored an analysis published this week in the journal Science that shows how declines of bat populations caused by a new wildlife disease and fatalities at industrial-scale wind turbines could lead to substantial economic losses on the farm.

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.