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Tuesday, January 30 • 2:20pm - 2:40pm
SYMPOSIA-12: Coodinating White-Nose Syndrome: Readiness, Response, Recuperation

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AUTHORS. Richard Geboy, Jeremy T. H. Coleman, Jonathan Reichard, Catherine Hibbard, Christina Kocer, Pete Pattavina - U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: Bloomington, IN; Hadley, MA; Hadley, MA; Hadley, MA; Hadley, MA; Athens, GA

ABSTRACT. White-nose syndrome (WNS), a disease known to cause unprecedented mortality in hibernating bats across eastern North America since 2007, is catching the attention of many in the field of wildlife disease responses.   WNS or the causative fungus, Pseudogymnoascus destructans, has now been detected on bats in nearly all states from Texas to Minnesota and east, as well as in an isolated number of cases in the far western edge of Washington State. Collectively, 33 states and 5 provinces are confirmed with evidence of the fungus.  Rapid spread and devastating impacts from the disease have presented the wildlife and natural resource community with considerable challenges, biological and social, which have only been exacerbated by the many unanswered questions continually swirling around the ecology, epidemiology, and management of susceptible bat species and the disease itself.  Although some tools have been developed for managers to combat WNS and conserve vulnerable bat species, adaptive efforts are yielding an improved understanding of the disease and allowing for more informed management decisions.  Given the scope of the problem, the one single strand that has held this investigation together is the greater than 100 state and federal agencies, tribes, universities, institutions, organizations, and private entities involved with the organized response.  The National Plan for Assisting States, Federal Agencies and Tribes in Managing White-Nose Syndrome in Bats, finalized in May 2011, provides the glue for such a coordinated national response, and helps to ensure the science-based approach to the management of WNS. 

Tuesday January 30, 2018 2:20pm - 2:40pm CST