White-nose syndrome news

Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Delaware Bat Count 2009 gets set to take wing

Seen any bats lately? More important, seen many bats lately? If so, your sightings could be beneficial to the environment and play a key part in Delaware Bat Count 2009. The Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife is looking for volunteers to help locate bat roosts and count the bats as they exit their day-time time hangouts.

DE NREC monitors bat population for White-nose Syndrome

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—in some cases as much as 100 percent attrition—at hibernation sites in northeastern states. While WNS has not been detected in Delaware, as many as 1 million bats so far have died from the disease, most of them in states with caves and mines that bats colonize when hibernating.

DNR closes caves to slow bat disease spread

INDIANAPOLIS - Caves on state properties will temporarily close as a precaution against the uncontrolled spread of white-nosed syndrome (WNS), which is killing bats in record numbers in the eastern United States. There is no known human health risk associated with WNS in bats. While the actual cause of WNS is unknown, scientists are reasonably certain that WNS is transmitted from bat to bat. However, WNS has been found in caves a significant distance from WNS-affected hibernacula, leading scientists to suspect humans may inadvertently carry the fungus from cave to cave where bats...

Bat Hibernating Sites in Forest and Westmoreland Counties Remain Closed to Visitors

The state Bureau of Forestry had barred public access to three caves on state forestland in Fayette and Westmoreland counties where bats hibernate in large numbers.

Cave Activity Discouraged to Help Protect Bats From Deadly White Nose Syndrome

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is asking those who use caves where bats hibernate to take extra precautions and limit their use to help prevent the spread of white nose syndrome

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).

White-Nose Syndrome Seen in Bats in N.H. Hibernaculum

Bat researchers monitoring New Hampshire's hibernating bats have discovered early signs of white nose syndrome on bats in a mine in the Northwest part of the state.

Bats From West Virginia Caves Being Tested for White Nose Syndrome

Bats from Pendleton County, WV are being tested for white nose syndrome by the National Wildlife Health Laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin.

DEP Announces Fungus Affecting Bat Population Identified in Connecticut

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced it has detected the first presence in Connecticut of bats affected with "white-nose syndrome," (WNS) a fungus connected with the death of large numbers of bats in New York, Massachusetts, and Vermont and being closely monitored by other states along the east coast. The affected species in Connecticut are the little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus) and northern long-eared (Myotis septentrionalis). Both are fairly common and found statewide. DEP Wildlife Biologists confirmed the presence of WNS in bats in a winter hibernating area...

Bat Mortalities in Massachusetts

After receiving reports in February from Vermont and New York about large numbers of bats dying in caves, biologists from MassWildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service investigated caves and mines in western Massachusetts where colonies of bats are known to spend the winter. Biologists observed bats flying around outside of the state's larges mine when they should have all been inside hibernating, and found dead bats near the entrance of the hibernacula (winter quarters) which were collected for further study. Biologists confirmed that these bats, like the ones in Vermont and New York,...