White-Nose Syndrome: Archive of Past VDGIF Statements

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White-Nose Syndrome Confirmed in Bats from Two Caves in Virginia

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has received results from the U.S. Geological Survey National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin, regarding the bats sent to be tested for white-nose syndrome (WNS). The results confirm the presence of the fungus associated with WNS in bats from two caves in Virginia. The two caves are Breathing Cave in Bath County and Clover Hollow Cave in Giles County.

The impact of white-nose syndrome on bat populations could be highly significant if the condition cannot be controlled and continues to spread. We are working with other state and federal agencies to determine what steps to take to address this issue.

Given the results and the seriousness of this situation, the Department is reaffirming the request it made last month that recreational cavers and cave owners help Virginia's bat populations by reducing cave traffic until more is learned about this syndrome.