Senate Subcommittee Hearing on White-Nose Syndrome Recap
On Friday, the U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing entitled “Why We Should Care About Bats: Devastating Impact White-Nose Syndrome is Having on One of Nature’s Best Pest Controllers” met with bat experts to follow up on the initial hearing back in June 2009.
Witnesses who spoke before the subcommittee include Dr. Gabriela Chavarria of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Dr. David Blehert of the U.S. Geological Society, Jim Peña of the U.S. Forest Service, Dr. Jonathan Gassett of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, Nina Fascione of Bat Conservation International, Peter Youngbaer, National Speleological Society and Dr. Justin Boyles of the University of Tennessee. Although many of them had different perspectives on the issue, the general message was quite clear; bats are continuing to die and we still don’t know how to stop it.
The subcommittee, while showing interest, could only offer that they “should proceed with finding a solution.”