Become a Bat Advocate: Your Voice Urgently Needed Today
White-nose syndrome is a newly emergent wildlife disease that has been devastating bat populations in eastern North America since 2006. It was first found in a commercial tourist cave near Albany, New York, and has since spread rapidly in all directions, including 19 states and four Canadian provinces where the disease is confirmed or likely.
The disease is passed from one bat to another but likely can be spread by people too. Indeed, the disease probably came to North America from Europe, where the fungus exists but does not kill bats, on the gear or clothing of cavers.
In 2009, the fungus believed to cause the disease was found in western Oklahoma, in an apparent jump of more than 900 miles likely due to an accidental human transmission. One more such long-distance jump could put white-nose syndrome in the heart of the West. For this reason, it is absolutely imperative that caves and mines are closed to all non-essential human access across the West, where the disease is not yet found.
You can help save our bats. Be a Bat Advocate and join the Center for Biological Diversity in telling the Forest Service that the federal government must take action immediately to close caves to non-essential human access in the Northern Region of the Forest Service.
The public comment period closes June 30, and many comments already submitted oppose the cave closures so we need your immediate help. Fill out the form below and share with your friends. For more information on the proposed closures, see additional information at the bottom of this page.