Natural Resources
Environment and Conservation
December 3, 2014

Public Advisory: Monitoring of White Nose Syndrome in Bats

The Departments of Environment and Conservation, and Natural Resources are seeking the public’s assistance in the early detection of a disease in bats called White Nose Syndrome.

Wildlife officials are asking the public to report sightings of bats appearing sick, found dead or seen flying around in winter or early spring. The public are advised not to handle bats and to avoid entering potential hibernation sites to prevent unintentional spread of the fungus and to limit disturbance to hibernating bats.

To report unusual sightings or to collect the animal for disease testing, contact the Wildlife Division at 709-637-2025, email or contact the Animal Health Division at 709-729-6879, email

Information on White Nose Syndrome disease is available at: .

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Media contacts:

Deborah Thomas
Director of Communications
Department of Environment and Conservation
709-729-2575, 728-8092
Diana Quinton
Director of Communications
Department of Natural Resources
709-729-5282, 631-8155

2014 12 03                              10:55 a.m.