CSWAB Supports New Rules to Protect Wisconsin’s Bats

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The Wisconsin Natural Resources board has approved a permanent set of rules to slow the spread of white-nose syndrome in Wisconsin bats.

The rules classify four cave bats as threatened, list the fungus linked to the disease as an invasive species, and require cave and mine visitors to decontaminate their gear. They also grant the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources the power to inspect caves and mines and create site-specific prevention plans.

CSWAB’s Executive Director testified in support of the rules at the December 8 public hearing in Madison. Other groups that testified in favor of the rules included the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation and Madison Audubon Society

It is expected that the new rules will apply to building demolition and other similar activities at Badger Army Ammunition Plant that may disturb or displace bats.

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