Pennsylvania Game News - March 2016 - 42

It's simply amazing how destructive trespassers can be in caves and abandoned mines. This
scene is from northeastern Pennsylvania.

Cave bats in Pennsylvania have experienced dramatic losses since the onset
of white-nose syndrome, a condition that
causes bats to rouse during hibernation,
burning the fat reserves they depend on
to make it through winter and, ultimately,
killing them.
Protecting bats where they are most
vulnerable - the caves and mines where
they hibernate - increases their chances of
recovery, said Greg Turner, a bat biologist
with the Pennsylvania Game Commission
who is among those leading research into
the disease.
White-nose syndrome is caused by a
cold-loving fungus that contaminates the
caves and abandoned mines where many
bats hibernate and reproduce. At present,
all of Pennsylvania's bat-hibernation sites
are presumed to be contaminated with the
fungus, and some bat species have experienced a 99-percent population decline,
Turner said.
Although the disease has had devastating impacts, survivors remain, and
continue to hibernate at these infected
sites year after year.
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Eliminating the chance these survivors are disturbed by people entering
caves and mines for recreation could
be the difference between life and death
for bats, Turner said. Any disturbance
that causes bats to rouse decreases
their chances of surviving through the
winter, he said.
"It doesn't matter who the person is,
or what their motivation is for going
into a cave or mine," Turner said. "All
anybody would have to do is walk into
one of these caves and talk, or walk into
one and shine a light around, and while
that type of disturbance might seem
small, it almost certainly would rouse
bats and it might well push them beyond any chance of surviving through
the winter."
The Game Commission for years
has gone to lengths to keep people out
of caves and mines that are important
to hibernating bats. This has included
using gates that allow bats passage, but
restrict people from entering, posting
"No Trespassing" signs and stepping
up law-enforcement patrols. Hundreds



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