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Old 11-09-2010, 02:43 PM   #1
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bat2 Comments Sought on Plan to Combat Deadly White-Nose Syndrome in Bats

Comments Sought on Plan to Combat Deadly White-Nose Syndrome in Bats
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Jeremy Coleman, 607-753-9334
Martin Miller, 413-253-8615
Ann Froschauer, 413-253-8356
US Fish and Wildlife Service

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White-nose syndrome (WNS) has killed more than a million bats in the Northeast and has spread to 11 or more states in less than four years since its discovery near Albany, New York. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in collaboration with other federal and state agencies, and tribal governments, is proposing a coordinated national management plan to address this critical environmental issue. The proposed plan is available for review and comment beginning October 28, 2010.

The proposed plan, a joint federal-state effort, provides a framework for WNS investigation and response. A subsequent implementation plan will identify specific actions, the entities responsible for implementation of each action, and estimated costs.

The document and additional information about WNS are available online at http://www.fws.gov/WhiteNoseSyndrome/. Comments may be submitted by e-mail to WhiteNoseBats@fws.gov, by mail to WNS National Coordinator, New York Field Office, 3817 Luker Road, Cortland, NY 13045-9348, or by fax to 607-753-9699.
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