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Old 08-06-2010, 06:14 AM   #1
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bat Caves closed because of fungus

Caves closed because of fungus
By Dennis Webb
Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Caves closed because of fungus | GJSentinel.com
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The U.S. Forest Service has declared thousands of caves and abandoned mines in Colorado and nearby states off-limits to the public for a year in an effort to slow the spread of a fungus that is deadly to bats.
The closure began Tuesday. It applies to national forests in the agency’s Region 2, which includes Colorado, South Dakota, Wyoming, Kansas and Nebraska.
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Violating the closure is punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 per individual and $10,000 per organization, and as many as six months in prison. However, Dixon said the goal isn’t to be punitive. Rather than relying on a heavy law enforcement presence, the Forest Service plans to focus on use of gates at cave entrances, signs and public education to try to achieve compliance.
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Shutting down the batcave
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Emilene Ostlind | Jul 15, 2010 11:50 AM

Shutting down the batcave — High Country News
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"The only management tool that we have in our box right now for Little brown bat showing white-nose syndrome, credit: Marvin Moriarty/USFWScontrolling white-nose syndrome is containment and not spreading it," David Blehert, a PhD scientist at the USGS National Wildlife Health Center who has been researching white-nose syndrome, says in an online video about the fungus.

"We do feel a sense of urgency to act," says Janelle Smith of the Rocky Mountain Region U.S. Forest Service. The species of bat found infected earlier this spring in Oklahoma also flutters over New Mexico, Arizona, and California. Cavers, however, are hoping the closure won't happen.

"Like many cavers I feel that the most scientifically-based process would be to close selected caves that are particularly susceptible to contamination...
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Default An Emerging Disease Causes Regional Population Collapse of a Common North American Bat Species

An Emerging Disease Causes Regional Population Collapse of a Common North American Bat Species
Winifred F. Frick, Jacob F. Pollock, Alan C. Hicks, Kate E. Langwig, D. Scott Reynolds, Gregory G. Turner, Calvin M. Butchkoski, Thomas H. Kunz

An Emerging Disease Causes Regional Population Collapse of a Common North American Bat Species -- Frick et al. 329 (5992): 679 -- Science
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White-nose syndrome (WNS) is an emerging disease affecting hibernating bats in eastern North America that causes mass mortality and precipitous population declines in winter hibernacula. First discovered in 2006 in New York State, WNS is spreading rapidly across eastern North America and currently affects seven species. Mortality associated with WNS is causing a regional population collapse and is predicted to lead to regional extinction of the little brown myotis (Myotis lucifugus), previously one of the most common bat species in North America. Novel diseases can have serious impacts on naïve wildlife populations, which in turn can have substantial impacts on ecosystem integrity.
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Fungus Likely to Wipe Out Common Bat in Northeast United States
by Erik Stokstad on August 5, 2010 2:23 PM

Fungus Likely to Wipe Out Common Bat in Northeast United States - ScienceNOW
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...Covered with a white fungus, the animals woke from hibernation in midwinter and starved to death. "It's like a science-fiction scenario that came out of nowhere," says bat biologist Paul Cryan of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Fort Collins, Colorado.
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...Afflicted bats wake early from hibernation to try to remove the fungus. Once they awake, their metabolism speeds up. They lose body fat, and there are no insects to eat, so they starve. The fungus is thought to have been introduced from Europe, where it has been found on other species of bats that are unaffected. Since 2006, it has spread as far as Oklahoma in the United States.
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Warming Caves Could Curtail 'Bat Plague'

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August 18, 2010

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The vast majority of bats that get white nose syndrome do not survive. There is no cure.
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But there may be hope. According to a recent study in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, providing warm refuges within caves could slash the number of bats dying by up to 75 percent.
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Bats are crucially important animals, both to local ecosystems and to people -- they eat insect pests and help pollinate crops. In the short time since its discovery, white nose syndrome is thought to have claimed over a million bats, affected nine species, and spread from the northeastern U.S. into southeastern Canada, and as far west as Missouri.
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Warming Caves Could Curtail 'Bat Plague'
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Deadly Bat Fungus Found in Several European Countries
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Aug. 26, 2010

Deadly bat fungus found in several European countries
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Within five years the death toll of North American bats succumbing to "white-nose syndrome" has reached the one million threshold. Now, the causative fungus Geomyces destructans has been identified in a number of European countries -- so far without detrimental effects for the native bat populations.

This is one of the most important results of a collaborative study by researchers from Germany, Switzerland, Hungary and the United Kingdom coordinated and carried out by the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) in Berlin, Germany. Will these findings help...
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Scientists find drugs that may fight bat disease
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September 12, 2010
By Marilyn Marchione, AP Medical Writer

Scientists find drugs that may fight bat disease
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Lab tests show that several drugs can fight the germ and that some antiseptics might help decontaminate areas where bats live or the shoes and hands of people who visit them, researchers reported at an infectious-diseases conference Sunday.

"Both of those are critical elements. The decontamination is in my mind the most immediate need," because people may be helping to spread the disease, called white-nose syndrome, said Jeremy Coleman, who heads the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's response to the problem...
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