Bats in Maine’s Acadia National Park Test Positive for WNS

March 21, 2012 / Maine, United States, North America

White-nose syndrome has just been confirmed in Maine’s Acadia National Park after two bats found in the park this winter tested positive for the disease.

Previously discovered in the state in 2011, Maine was the final New England state to confirm the disease.

Coastal environments were not thought to have bats in winter and seemed insulated from areas where white-nose syndrome had been found, Bruce Connery, Acadia National Park Wildlife Biologist

The National Park Service is working closely with Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Geological Survey National Wildlife Health Center to implement protective protocols to limit the spread of this fungus in Maine’s bat populations.

Bat Disease, White-Nose Syndrome, Confirmed in Acadia National Park:
Not Harmful to Humans, but Deadly to Bats
[Acadia National Park]

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