What should you do if you find dead or dying bats, or if you observe bats with signs of white-nose syndrome?

  • The Center for Disease Control has additional information for collecting and disposing of dead bats.

  • Contact your state wildlife agency, file an electronic report in those states that offer this service, e-mail U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists in your area (http://whitenosesyndrome.org/contacts), or contact your nearest Service field office (find locations at http://www.fws.gov/offices/) to report your potential WNS observations.

  • It is important to determine the species of bat, in case it is a federally protected species. Photograph the potentially affected bats (including close-up shots, if possible) and send the photograph and a report to a state or Service contact (above).

  • If you need to dispose of a dead bat found on your property, first BE CERTAIN THE BAT IS DEAD. Use a trowel or other tool to scoop the dead bat into a plastic bag. If you must use your hands, wear a heavy leather glove covered with a plastic bag or disposable glove to pick it up. Place both the bat and the bag or disposable glove into another plastic bag, close the bag securely, spray with disinfectant, and dispose of it with your garbage. Thoroughly wash your hands and any clothing that comes into contact with the bat.

  • If you see a band on the wing or a small device with an antenna on the back of a bat (living or dead), contact your state wildlife agency or your nearest Service field office, as these are tools biologists use to identify individual bats.