No threat posed to humans, pets, livestock or property; Division of Fish and Wildlife continues to monitor Delaware bats for impacts from WNS Delaware environmental officials have confirmed the fungus associated with White-nose Syndrome (WNS) on bats in two locations in New Castle County. The disease is characterized by a white fungus on the noses, wings, tails and ears of bats. The fungus thrives in cold temperatures and is seen on bats in caves and mines in the northeast, Canada and, more recently, in Tennessee and Missouri.
White-nose syndrome news
posted April 30, 2010
Source: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Division of Fish and Wildlife
posted April 26, 2010
Move intended to help slow spread of white-nose syndrome killing bats in northeastern states and recently confirmed in the Midwest SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is closing state-owned and managed caves that support bat populations as part of a national effort to slow the spread of the mysterious white-nose syndrome affecting bats in the northeastern United States.
posted April 22, 2010
Biologists at Great Smoky Mountains National Park have received confirmation that an Indiana bat collected from its hibernating refuge in the park’s White Oak Blowhole cave has tested positive for Geomyces destructans, the fungus and the presumptive causative agent of White Nose Syndrome (WNS).
Source: National Park Service
posted April 20, 2010
A syndrome that attacks hibernating bats continues to kill them at alarming rates both in Connecticut and in expanding areas range-wide, which will lead to a dramatic reduction in the size of the state’s bat population this summer, according to wildlife experts at the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
posted April 19, 2010
Biologists at Great Smoky Mountains National Park have received confirmation that one Little Brown bat collected from its hibernating refuge in the Park’s White Oak Blowhole cave tested positive for Geomyces destructans [the fungus and the presumptive causative agent of White Nose Syndrome (WNS)]. White Oak Blowhole cave contains the largest known Indiana bat hibernacula in Tennessee. The Indiana bat is a federally listed endangered species which has seen declines in the Northeastern U.S. due to WNS. White Nose Syndrome has killed in excess of 90% of the bats in many of the caves and mines...
Source: National Park Service
posted April 13, 2010
The Quebec Ministry of Natural Resources has confirmed the presence of white nose syndrome in certain bat populations in the province of Quebec.
posted April 12, 2010
Winter surveys in New Hampshire show that white nose syndrome is having a dramatic effect on bat populations.
posted March 24, 2010
Tennessee State Parks suspended cave tours at Dunbar Cave State Park after a bat from Dunbar Cave tested positive for white nose syndrome.
posted March 18, 2010
Annapolis, MD (March 18, 2010) — Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) biologists have confirmed that bat carcasses collected from a cave near Cumberland on March 5, 2010 were infected with White Nose Syndrome (WNS). “This is the first confirmed WNS case in Maryland. DNR will implement a regimen of restricted access and decontamination procedures for all known bat locations,” said DNR Veterinarian Cindy Driscoll. “DNR has also encouraged the owners of the Cumberland cave to prohibit all access to the site.”
posted March 10, 2010
Annapolis, MD (March 10, 2010) — Several dead bats and over two hundred visibly affected bats were found during a survey conducted in an Allegany County cave near Cumberland on March 5. The bats observed during the survey exhibited a white fungus concentrated around the muzzle of the infected bats. The findings are consistent with White-Nose Syndrome (WNS) and if confirmed, this will be Maryland’s first documented occurrence of the disease.