For the first time, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) biologists have confirmed the disease white-nose syndrome (WNS) in a Texas bat. Up until this point, while the fungus that causes the disease was previously detected in Texas in 2017, there were no signs of the disease it can cause. WNS has killed millions of hibernating bats in the eastern parts of the United States, raising national concern. WNS is a fungal disease only known to occur in bats and is not a risk to people. However, bats are wild animals and should not be handled by untrained individuals. The public is encouraged to report dead or sick bats to TPWD at firstname.lastname@example.org for possible testing.
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- Report any unusual bat activity (bats flying in the daytime) or unexplained bat deaths to your regional TWRA office. Or check out the Report a Bat Link on this website.
- Donate to a number of funds collecting money for WNS research (see National Speleological Society and Bat Conservation International pages below).
- Adhere to state and federal cave closure advisories.
- Encourage state and federal agencies to assist in WNS research and monitoring activities.
Google. YouTube;Oregon State University. Extension Service.
Google. YouTube; United States Navy.
Google. YouTube; Texas A&M University. Extension.
Google. YouTube; Texas AgriLife Extension Service.
Google. YouTube; New York Department of Environmental Conservation.
Google. YouTube; Smithsonian Channel.
Google. YouTube; Herndon Environmental Network.