White-nose syndrome news

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces 6-month extension on northern long-eared bat listing decision

Today U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe announced a 6-month extension for making a final determination on listing the northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis) as endangered. With the extension, the Service will make a final decision on listing the northern long-eared bat no later than April 2, 2015. As part of the extension, the Service is also reopening a 60-day public comment period and seeks input from states, tribes, Federal agencies, and other stakeholders about the status of the northern long-eared bat. The 60-day comment period begins when the notice is...

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Awards $1.8 Million in Grants for Work on White-nose Syndrome

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced $1.8 million in grants for the research and management of white-nose syndrome (WNS), a fungal infection that has killed millions of hibernating bats in eastern North America since it was first documented in New York in the winter of 2006-2007. Funding was granted to eight projects at universities in New York, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin. Projects include studies to better understand bat immune responses to WNS, investigations into methods to control the disease, and ways to examine the molecular infrastructure of...

Fungus that Causes Deadly Bat Disease Discovered in Mississippi

The fungus known to cause white-nose syndrome (WNS) in hibernating bats, a disease that has decimated bat populations in the eastern United States and Canada, was recently discovered for the first time in Mississippi. The fungus, Pseudogymnoascus destructans, was detected in samples collected from several caves and road culverts in eastern Mississippi this past winter through a National Science Foundation-funded monitoring project.

La Batalla por los Murcielagos: Sobrevivir al Sindrome de la Nariz Blanca (Spanish version of the Battle for Bats video) now available!

Ravenswood Media produjo “La Batalla por los Murcielagos" para el Servicio de Pesca y Vida Silvestre de los Estados Unidos y el Servicio Forestal de los Estados Unidos. La traducción al español fue hecha posible a través de la ayuda del International de la Conservación del Murcielagos.

Ultra-violet Light Works as Screening Tool for Bats with White-nose Syndrome. Scientists discover a non-destructive yet effective way to screen bats in hibernation for white-nose syndrome

Scientists working to understand the devastating bat disease known as white-nose syndrome (WNS) now have a new, non-lethal tool to identify bats with WNS lesions —ultraviolet, or UV, light. If long-wave UV light is directed at the wings of bats with white-nose syndrome, it produces a distinctive orange-yellow fluorescence. This orange-yellow glow corresponds directly with microscopic skin lesions that are the current “gold standard” for diagnosing white-nose syndrome in bats. (click file for full release)

White-nose syndrome continues to plague bat population (New Brunswick)

News story and video featuring white-nose syndrome work in New Brunswick and the people behind it.

Biologists check Vermont cave for bat disease rate

DORSET, Vt. (AP) — The entrance to the Aeolus cave in Dorset is littered with the bones of thousands of bats that have died since white nose syndrome first appeared in Vermont. Biologists are hoping research gathered from data collected over the winter there will help determine if more bats are surviving the disease. Last fall, biologists glued radio tags to the backs of more than 400 bats and lined the cave with electronic equipment that monitors how many of the bats emerged in the winter — a sign of white nose infection and near-certain death — or how many waited...

Oklahoma removed from list of suspected bat fungus areas

May 6, 2014 A service of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation OKLAHOMA REMOVED FROM LIST OF SUSPECTED BAT FUNGUS AREAS After re-examining an Oklahoma bat specimen originally tested in 2010, scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey National Wildlife Health Center have dropped Oklahoma from the list of areas where White-Nose Syndrome in bats has been suspected or confirmed. The scientists have also removed the Cave Myotis (Myotis velifer) from the list of bat species that have tested positive for the fungus (Pseudogymnoascus destructans) that has been associated...

Bat-Killing Fungus Continues its Spread in North Carolina

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - White-nose syndrome (WNS), a fungal disease that has killed millions of bats in the eastern United States, continues its deadly toll on North Carolina bat populations.

Disease attacking bats on the move April 24, 2014 (AP story and video)

MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky. (AP) — A sign posted at Mammoth Cave National Park in south-central Kentucky lets visitors know if they tour the largest known cave system in the world, they will have to walk on bio-security mats immediately afterward. Shoes must be scrubbed to help contain the spread of a disease that has killed more than 6 million cave-dwelling bats in the United States.