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White Nose Syndrome

Hamilton County Distribution

  • Established throughout Hamilton County

Identification

  • A fungus grows on hibernating bats
  • Bats fly outside during the day in winter
  • Dead bats are emaciated from a loss of fat reserves

Threats

  • The fungus disturbs bats during hibernation
  • Many hibernacula have seen 80 – 100% mortality.
  • Bats are important pollinators and consume copious amounts of insects, and their loss could have strong adverse impacts

Management

  • No known control methods
  • Scientists are working hard to learn more about the disease and how it may be cured
  • Observe all cave closures to prevent the spread of the fungus
  • Do not enter hibernacula when bats are hibernating during the winter
  • Place a bat box on your property to encourage reproduction

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