29 May 2012 White-Nose Syndrome Found in Endangered Gray Bats Posted by: Brian Bovard | 2 comments | Share: Bats with white nose syndrome 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 Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up Helicopter gunning kills 23 wolves in Idaho; Urge Secretary Jewell to abandon gray wolf delisting proposal — Call your representative by March 14; Washington wildlife agency urged to end support for abolishing federal wolf protections; The latest on Governor Otter’s wolf control board. Two Too Many Development Projects in the Ivanpah Valley While these projects most definitely directly impact a species that has been identified as threatened and is dependent on the habitat where they would be built, Silver State South and Stateline’s approval is most troubling for a bigger reason. You see, this isn’t just an issue for the Ivanpah Valley. Developers and agencies need to be conscious of how and where they plan energy projects all across the country. They need to look at renewable energy planning with a landscape-wide lens, understanding that building in the right places and making an effort to minimize environmental impacts from the start are essential. California’s Rim Fire: Opportunities Rise from the Ashes After California’s devastating Rim Fire, will officials take the opportunity to give nature a chance to fully recover?