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 Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Safety Pens Mean Peace of Mind in Panther Country For Floridians who live alongside Florida panthers, coexistence means finding ways to protect both their beloved pets and these critically endangered cats. Building an enclosure is a great solution, especially for backyard animals. It’s Time to Act for Right Whales Years after they agreed to expand critical habitat for endangered North Atlantic right whales, we’re still waiting on NMFS to follow through. So we took to the courts to get this much-needed protection in place. How Should We Honor Earth Day? America has many worldwide firsts in conservation: we were the first nation to establish a national park, the first to create a national wildlife refuge, the first to approve a law protecting endangered species and the first to create a national day dedicated to conservation, Earth Day. But today, we are experiencing another period of crisis in America’s commitment to conservation. When did conservation become a polarizing political issue, when it has been, for the past century, a defining characteristic of American values and the American spirit?