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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a document entitled "A National Plan for Assisting States, Federal Agencies, and Tribes in Managing White-Nose Syndrome in Bats". White nose syndrome (WNS) has affected bat colonies across 16 states in the U.S., and has seen recent spread in Canada. It has been responsible for substantial die-offs of hibernating bat colonies and has been linked to the fungus Geomyces destructans. The document provides a background on the scale of the disease and details plans for management and further research priorities.
The plan can be accessed here: