Biologists at Great Smoky Mountains National Park have received confirmation that one Little Brown bat collected from its hibernating refuge in the Park’s White Oak Blowhole cave tested positive for Geomyces destructans [the fungus and the presumptive causative agent of White Nose Syndrome (WNS)]. White Oak Blowhole cave contains the largest known Indiana bat hibernacula in Tennessee. The Indiana bat is a federally listed endangered species which has seen declines in the Northeastern U.S. due to WNS. White Nose Syndrome has killed in excess of 90% of the bats in many of the caves and mines...
White-nose syndrome news
posted April 19, 2010
Source: National Park Service
posted April 13, 2010
The Quebec Ministry of Natural Resources has confirmed the presence of white nose syndrome in certain bat populations in the province of Quebec.
posted April 12, 2010
Winter surveys in New Hampshire show that white nose syndrome is having a dramatic effect on bat populations.
posted March 24, 2010
Tennessee State Parks suspended cave tours at Dunbar Cave State Park after a bat from Dunbar Cave tested positive for white nose syndrome.
posted March 18, 2010
Annapolis, MD (March 18, 2010) — Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) biologists have confirmed that bat carcasses collected from a cave near Cumberland on March 5, 2010 were infected with White Nose Syndrome (WNS). “This is the first confirmed WNS case in Maryland. DNR will implement a regimen of restricted access and decontamination procedures for all known bat locations,” said DNR Veterinarian Cindy Driscoll. “DNR has also encouraged the owners of the Cumberland cave to prohibit all access to the site.”
posted March 10, 2010
Annapolis, MD (March 10, 2010) — Several dead bats and over two hundred visibly affected bats were found during a survey conducted in an Allegany County cave near Cumberland on March 5. The bats observed during the survey exhibited a white fungus concentrated around the muzzle of the infected bats. The findings are consistent with White-Nose Syndrome (WNS) and if confirmed, this will be Maryland’s first documented occurrence of the disease.
posted February 23, 2010
The U.S. Geological Survey National Wildlife Health Laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin, has confirmed that bats from two Pendleton County caves submitted for testing by Division of Natural Resources wildlife biologists have White-nose Syndrome (WNS).
posted February 23, 2010
Biologists from the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) report that white-nose syndrome (WNS) has been confirmed in a bat in Hellhole, Pendleton County, West Virginia, by the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study in Athens, Ga.
posted January 21, 2010
Delaware environmental officials are closely monitoring the state’s bat populations for any occurrence here of White-nose Syndrome (WNS), a disease that has caused mass mortality at bat hibernation sites in northeastern states. While WNS has not been detected in Delaware yet, as many as 1 million bats so far have died from the disease, most of them in states notable for having caves and mines where bats colonize when hibernating.
Source: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Division of Fish and Wildlife
posted October 26, 2009
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will give 6 grant awards totaling $800,000 to research efforts that will explore the cause and control of white-nose syndrome.
Source: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service