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.