Affected Little Brown Bat

First Confirmed case of White-Nose Syndrome in Ohio Found in Abandoned Mine

March 31, 2011

An abandoned mine in Ohio was recently discovered to be positive for White-nose Syndrome during surveillance done in February and March of 2011 by state and federal biologists. This despite pro-active steps taken by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Forest Service in anticipation of White-nose Syndrome.

In an attempt to slow the spread of WNS the Wayne National Forest closed all mines on Forest Service property in 2010. It did little good as the positive mine is located within it’s boundary in Lawrence County in a mine that is gated and protected from public access.

During their visits, biologists documented over 1,300 bats hibernating at the mine. 69 percent were found to be little brown bats, 21 percent were state and federally endangered Indiana bats, 10 percent were tri-colored bats, and there were also small numbers of big brown bats and northern bats found as well.

White-nose Syndrome Detected in Ohio [Ohio Department of Natural Resources]

Photo by U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Northeast Region

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