29 May 2012 White-Nose Syndrome Found in Endangered Gray Bats Posted by: Brian Bovard | 2 comments | Share: The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced today that white-nose syndrome (WNS) has been confirmed among gray bat populations found in Tennessee. Already listed as endangered, this announcement comes as a blow to the gray bat as their populations have started to make a comeback nationwide. Although no deaths among the gray bat populations have been attributed to WNS, they were not one of the previous 6 bat species that had been diagnosed with the disease. For more information on WNS, read Defenders’ magazine article here. 2 Responses to “White-Nose Syndrome Found in Endangered Gray Bats” Mary Johnson September 4th, 2012 I have a question I hope a bat expert can answer. We have a small lake house located on Kentucky Lake. I know this sounds really strange, but the following has happened one time each of the last three years: We go to our lake house in August and in the clear, hard plastic wastebasket in the southeast corner of one of the bedrooms is a dead bat! We have never seen any other bats in the house and no great number of bats outside. Why would one lone bat somehow manage to get in the house and each of the last three years the one bat dies in that same wastebasket?! We have no idea how the bat(s) get in. ANN September 17th, 2012 I’m not a bat expert, however would suggest removing the offending ‘death trap’ wastebasket (Off of the property entirely) and replacing it, if necessary, with an opaque one. Perhaps made of a woven reed type. Good luck. Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Wolf Weekly Wrap- Up California wavering on protection for gray wolves under state law; Defenders of Wildlife featured on the HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell show tonight; A close up look at the science: wolf breeding pairs in Idaho; bad bills for Mexican gray wolves in Arizona. The Votes Are In… You voted, and we listened – now the winners of Defenders’ 2014 Photo Contest are here! See if your favorite won, and take a look at some of the amazing runner-ups. We’ve Got to Protect What’s Left of the Sagebrush Sea New research shows that after a fire, the Sagebrush Sea (home to the imperiled greater sage-grouse) could take up to 20 years to fully recover. With other factors already threatening so much of this habitat, what does that mean for the species that call it home?