Cave Gear Decontamination: Why & How
May 5, 2019

White-nose syndrome (WNS) is a disease that affects hibernating bats and is caused by a fungus, Although this fungus is harmless to humans, it is often fatal to hibernating bats. When it grows on them, it can disrupt their metabolism, making them use up the fat reserves they rely on for surviving the winter.

Cavers need to do their part to avoid spreading this fungus between caves. To help cavers follow an effective protocol, we've put together a simple brochure to give a quick overview of what you should do to help minimize the risk to our bat population. You can download it here.


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