Environment Canada Announces White-Nose Syndrome Funding

April 8, 2013 / Canada, North America
Close Up of Little Brown Bat with WNS.

Close Up of Little Brown Bat with WNS. Photo courtesy Ryan von Linden/New York Department of Environmental Conservation

Earlier this month, Canada’s Environment Minister announced funding for the national coordination, surveillance and response to the threat of white-nose syndrome to Canada’s bat populations.

Over the next four years, an additional $330,000 (~$323,500 USD) will be awarded to the Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre at the University of Saskatchewan to supplement the $50,000 (~$49,000 USD) already awarded earlier this year.

These funds will go towards disease surveillance, research into reducing rates of transmission and proper conservation actions, as well as public outreach and increasing coordination between provinces and territories, private companies, and similar organizations in the United States.

We take our role in protecting and conserving species in Canada very seriously. By providing for national coordination of Canada’s response to the disease, we will be able to maximize the contributions of our provincial, territorial and private sector partners, as well as ensure consistency in our approach. Honourable Peter Kent, Canadian Environment Minister

Canada is home to three bat species affected by WNS; the Little Brown Myotis (Little Brown Bat), the Tri-colored Bat and the Northern Myotis (Northern Long-eared Bat). So far, hibernaculua that have been exposed to the fungus for two years or more have experienced bat population declines of over 94 percent, with some as high as 99 percent.

Environment Canada Announces Funding to Fight Threat of White-nose Syndrome to Bats [Government of Canada]

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