White-nose syndrome news

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,...

Thousands of Bats Dying in Caves in the Northeast

State and Federal agencies are trying to keep white nose syndrome out of West Virginia as the disease spreads across the Northeast killing thousands of bats.

Mysterious Illness Killing Bats in Northeast Prompts Precautions as Wildlife Researchers Search for Answers

Concern has been mounting over the unexplained deaths of thousands of hibernating bats in New York and Vermont. DEP Commissioner Lisa P. Jackson has advised the public to stay out of caves that harbor bats until more is known about the problem.

Bat Die-Off Prompts Investigation- DEC Asks for Cavers' Help to Prevent Spread of White Nose Syndrome

Thousands of bats throughout New York and Vermont are dying of unknown causes prompting an investigation by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

New Disease Threatens Northeastern Bats

New disease threatens Northeastern bats causing state fish and wildlife agencies to ask for help from cavers to protect bats.