First detected in Washington State, White-Nose Syndrome is a fungal disease responsible for the deaths of millions of insect-eating bats in North America.
To monitor the spread of the disease, the BC Community Bat Program coordinators have been collecting reports of unusual winter bat activity across southern BC and ensuring that dead bats are sent to the Canadian Wildlife Health Centre lab for disease testing.
Information gained from dead bats and reports of live bats can help determine the extent of the disease, and determine priorities for conservation efforts.
White-Nose Syndrome is harmless to humans, but still, Rodriguez warns to never touch a bat with your bare hands.
Please note that if you or your pet has been in direct contact with a bat, immediately contact your physician and/or local public health authority or consult with your private veterinarian." However, mitigating other threats to bat populations and preserving and restoring bat habitat may provide bat populations with the resilience to rebound.