State Wildlife Agencies like the Pennsylvania Game Commission are ratcheting up their response to white nose syndrome in order to better understand the disease and hopefully slow its spread to other states.
White-nose syndrome news
posted October 12, 2010
Source: Pennsylvania Game Commission
posted October 7, 2010
A leading bat expert with the USDA Forest Service's Southern Research Station identified nine bat species in Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee that she believes are severely threatened by white nose syndrome.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
posted May 14, 2010
Van Buren, MO - Officials at Ozark National Scenic Riverways have announced the closure of all caves in the park effective immediately. On May 2 bat researchers from Missouri State University found an infectious fungus in five gray bats netted just outside a cave in Shannon County, Missouri. The bats tested positive in a genetics test for the Geomyces destructans fungus, which causes White-Nose Syndrome (WNS). Scars on their wings were a clue that the bats probably were infected over the winter, when the fungus grows on the bats’ faces and skin during hibernation. The cool, damp conditions in...
posted May 5, 2010
Twenty-three states are receiving a total of $450,000 in grants for white-nose syndrome projects. State natural resource agencies will use the funds for surveillance and monitoring of caves and mines where bats hibernate, preparing state response plans, and other related projects.
Source: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
posted April 30, 2010
Delaware environmental officials have confirmed the fungus associated with White-nose Syndrome (WNS) on bats in two locations in New Castle County. The disease is characterized by a white fungus on the noses, wings, tails and ears of bats.
posted April 30, 2010
No threat posed to humans, pets, livestock or property; Division of Fish and Wildlife continues to monitor Delaware bats for impacts from WNS Delaware environmental officials have confirmed the fungus associated with White-nose Syndrome (WNS) on bats in two locations in New Castle County. The disease is characterized by a white fungus on the noses, wings, tails and ears of bats. The fungus thrives in cold temperatures and is seen on bats in caves and mines in the northeast, Canada and, more recently, in Tennessee and Missouri.
Source: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Division of Fish and Wildlife
posted April 26, 2010
Move intended to help slow spread of white-nose syndrome killing bats in northeastern states and recently confirmed in the Midwest SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is closing state-owned and managed caves that support bat populations as part of a national effort to slow the spread of the mysterious white-nose syndrome affecting bats in the northeastern United States.
posted April 22, 2010
Biologists at Great Smoky Mountains National Park have received confirmation that an Indiana bat collected from its hibernating refuge in the park’s White Oak Blowhole cave has tested positive for Geomyces destructans, the fungus and the presumptive causative agent of White Nose Syndrome (WNS).
posted April 20, 2010
A syndrome that attacks hibernating bats continues to kill them at alarming rates both in Connecticut and in expanding areas range-wide, which 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).
posted April 19, 2010
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...