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Press Releases

June 27, 2013 – Townsend's Big-eared Bat Protected Under California Endangered Species Act

May 7, 2013 – Appeal Filed Against Weakening of Bat Protections by Forest Service in Rocky Mountains

March 27, 2013 – Forest Service Weakens Bat Protection in Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota

February 11, 2013 – Devastating Bat-killing Disease Spreads to Kentucky's Cumberland Gap National Park

January 16, 2013 – Bat-killing Epidemic Found at Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky

September 28, 2012 – Endangered Indiana Bats Battered by Bat-killing Disease

September 25, 2012 – Leading Scientific Organization: More Caves Must Be Closed to Slow Bat Epidemic

August 1, 2012 – Forest Service Renews Cave Closure in Rocky Mountains to Stop Spread of Bat-killing Disease

May 29, 2012 – Bat-killing Disease Discovered in Endangered Gray Bats

May 16, 2012 – Lawsuit Filed to Force Forest Service to Release Crucial Bat Documents

May 2, 2012 – Bat-killing Epidemic Spreads to Civil War Park at Lookout Mountain, Tennessee

April 26, 2012 – Bat-killing Epidemic Strikes C&O Canal National Historical Park Stretching Through Nation's Capital

April 11, 2012 – White House Petitioned to Take National Action on Fast-moving Disease Killing Millions of Bats

April 2, 2012 – Disease That Has Killed 7 Million Bats Strikes Missouri

March 20, 2012 – Two of Nation's Most Treasured National Parks -- Acadia and Great Smoky Mountains -- Stricken by Bat-killing Epidemic

March 14, 2012 – Bat-killing Disease Spreads to Alabama, Putting Colonies of Endangered Gray Bats at Risk

February 23, 2012 – Bats and Other Rare Wildlife in Central Pennsylvania Cave Saved From Mine

January 30, 2012 – Shawnee National Forest Plan Would Trade Away Endangered Bat Habitat for Strip Mining

December 16, 2011 – Congress Directs $4 Million to Fight Against Bat-killing Disease

July 6, 2011  Lawsuit Filed to Help Stop Spread of Bat-killing Disease to Colorado, West

June 1, 2011 Broad Coalition of Conservation, Organic Farming and Anti-pesticide Groups Calls on Congress to Save Bats From Lethal Disease

June 28, 2011  BLM Acknowledges Threat of Bat-killing Disease, But Agency's Limits on Cave Access Don't Go Far Enough

May 25, 2011 Conservation, Farming Groups Launch Lawsuit Seeking Emergency Action to Protect Bats From Deadly Disease

May 24, 2011 Deadly Bat Disease Arrives in Maine

May 17, 2011 New Federal Plan to Tackle Bat-killing Disease Inadequate to Stop Epidemic

April 13, 2011 Fast-spreading, Bat-killing Disease Arrives in Kentucky

March 30, 2011 Bat-killing White-nose Disease Spreads to Ohio, New Brunswick

February 15, 2011 – New Bill Would Protect Bats, Other Species From Wildlife Diseases

February 9, 2011 – Killer Bat Disease Reaches North Carolina as Swath of Epidemic Widens Rapidly

February 2, 2011 – Deadly Bat Disease Expands in Midwest

January 26, 2011 – Report: Federal Land Managers' Failure to Close Caves Leaves Millions of Bats in West Vulnerable to Fast-moving, Deadly Disease

December 16, 2010 – Endangered Species Review and Interim Protections Sought for Little Brown Bats

November 9, 2010 – New Mexico Bat Plan Should Limit Access to All State and Federal Caves

October 27, 2010 – No Halloween Treat for Bats: National Plan for Bat-killing Disease Too Little, Too Late

October 7, 2010 – Government Funding to Study Deadly Bat Disease Is Good Step, But More Effort Needed to Stem White-nose Syndrome Spread Across Continent

September 16, 2010 – Cave Closures at National Refuges Will Help Stem Spread of Deadly Bat Disease, More Action Needed to Halt Westward Spread

August 23, 2010 – Bureau of Land Management Moves to Protect Western Bats From Deadly Disease, But Bat Advocates Say Stricter Measures Needed

July 15, 2010 – Forest Service Will Close Caves in Rocky Mountain Region to Protect Bats From Lethal Disease

June 23, 2010 – Lawsuit Launched to Protect Two Bat Species Threatened by White-nose Syndrome

June 15, 2010 – Deadly White-nose Syndrome Jumps to Ninth Bat Species

May 14, 2010 – Groups Ask Congress to Fund Response to Deadly Bat Disease

May 6, 2010 – Deadly Bat Disease Crosses Mississippi; Group Implores States to Take Preventive Action

January 21, 2010 Emergency Petitions Filed to Close Caves and Save Bats From Extinction

September 23, 2009 – Government Announces Plan to Respond to White-nose Syndrome, Try to Stave Off Bat Catastrophe

August 24, 2009With Bat Extinctions Looming, 1.5 Million Dead, Group Says Feds Must Make Saving Bats First Priority

May 20, 2009 – Massive Effort Needed to Save Bat Species From Extinction

March 5, 2009 – Plan for Oil and Gas Drilling on Monongahela National Forest Jeopardizes Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area, Threatens Bat Populations Already Suffering From Deadly White-nose Syndrome

January 23, 2009 – Lethal Bat Illness Spreads to Pennsylvania and New Jersey

April 14, 2008 – Lawsuit Will Be Filed to Protect Endangered Bats From Deadly White-Nose Syndrome

February 18, 2008 – Conservation Groups Petition Fish and Wildlife Service for Emergency Actions to Save Imperiled Bats from Deadly New Disease; Threat to Bats Called the Gravest Ever

January 29, 2008 – Mysterious Disease Threatens thes Survival of North American Bats; Conservation Groups Ask for Immediate Protections

Photo courtesy of New York Department of Environmental Conservation