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 in northern Litchfield County. WNS, first documented in New York in 2006–07, was named for a white fungus that appears on the noses of affected bats.