Precautions urged: Bat with white-nose syndrome confirmed in Washington state
The first occurrence of white-nose syndrome (WNS) in western North America has been confirmed in a little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus) in Washington State. Although WNS is not known to pose a threat to humans, pets, livestock, or other wildlife, it has had a very significant impact on bat populations in other affected areas of North America. All bat researchers and anyone entering caves should be aware of the threat of this disease, and implement decontamination procedures when working with bats and/or moving between cave systems. The Province of BC has protocols for those working with bats or those who potentially come into contact with them.
Read the press release issued by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.