Biodiversity: More bad news for bats

New study traces biological evolution of bat-killing fungus By Summit Voice FRISCO — A new study by University of Akron scientists forecasts a gloomy future for North American bats, showing that the fungus that causes the deadly white-nose syndrome can likely survive in caves with or without the presence of bats. The persistence of the […]

Biodiversity: Facing white-nose syndrome, northern long-eared bats proposed for endangered species listing

USFWS seeking public comment on listing proposal By Summit Voice FRISCO — Threatened by white-nose syndrome, wind farms and habitat destruction, northern long-eared bats may soon get some additional protection under the Endangered Species Act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this month proposed the listing, singling out white-nose syndrome as the primary threat in […]

Biodiversity: Conservation group says bats are at risk under new Forest Service Rocky Mountain cave-access policy

Re-opening caves could lead to spread of deadly white-nose syndrome By Bob Berwyn FRISCO — The U.S. Forest Service this week denied an appeal of a new cave-access policy for the Rocky Mountain region, clearing the way for the re-opening of some caves that have been under a blanket closure the past three years to […]

Colorado: Forest Service finalizes plan to protect bats

White River National Forest keeps a few caves closed permanently, requires cave registration and decontamination *Click here for more Summit Voice coverage of white-nose syndrome By Bob Berwyn FRISCO — The White River National Forest is well-known for its many ski areas and stunning high-elevation wilderness areas, but the forest is also a Rocky Mountain […]

Biodiversity: Bat-killing white-nose syndrome spreads near huge colony of endangered gray bats in Alabama

Impacts to gray bats still uncertain By Summit Voice FRISCO — The largest known colony of endangered gray bats is  threatened by white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease that has already wiped out millions of bats from New England to the Southeast and into the Midwest. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials announced this week that […]

Forest Service extends cave closure to protect bats

Deadly white-nose syndrome still unchecked By Summit Voice Hoping to prevent the westward spread of a deadly bat disease, the U.S. Forest Service last week extended a general closure for caves on national forest lands in the Rocky Mountain region (Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas) for another year. The agency tweaked the closure slightly […]

Forest Service considers tweaking cave-access policies to protect western bats from deadly white-nose syndrome

Deadly bat-killing fungus confirmed west of the Mississippi this year By Bob Berwyn SUMMIT COUNTY — The U.S. Forest Service is considering some changes to the way it manages caves on national forest lands to prevent the spread of white-nose syndrome, a disease that has wiped out millions of bats in the eastern U.S. in […]

Deadly disease spreads to endangered gray bats

No deaths documented so far, but biologists are concerned about the potential for devastation of huge colonies By Summit Voice SUMMIT COUNTY — The spread of deadly white-nose syndrome to federally endangered gray bats is a devastating blow, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials said after announcing that biologists found the disease in gray bat […]

Cave closures sought to protect bats from disease

Conservation advocates say strict regs needed to prevent the spread of deadly white nose syndrome By Summit Voice SUMMIT COUNTY — Conservation advocates this week called for more action to save bats threatened by the rapid and deadly spread of white nose syndrome, a fungal disease that has wiped out entire populations of the flying […]

Indiana bats threatened by USFS land trade

Conservation groups say they’ll sue to halt the swap By Summit Voice SUMMIT COUNTY — A plan by the U.S. Forest Service to trade away river-bottom land for a coal mine is drawing fire from conservation groups, who charge that the swap could threaten habitat for bats, which are already under the gun from white […]

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