Residents Asked to Report Bat Sightings
Residents are encouraged to report any bat sightings to assist researchers with monitoring of white-nose syndrome, a deadly, non-native bat disease that causes mortality in hibernating bat species.
Public reporting of dead or sick bats, or observations of bats flying in winter or early spring is an effective means of detecting the appearance of white-nose syndrome in new areas and tracking its spread.
White-nose syndrome has been known to be present in this province since 2017 when a case was confirmed in Western Newfoundland.
To report a bat sighting or a suspected bat shelter please contact provincial Wildlife Research Ecologists at 709-637-2025 or the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative toll-free bat line at 1-833-434-BATS (2287).