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  1. #1
    us
    Kentucky Caver

    Sep 2008
    Kentucky
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    Caves/Mines= White Nose Syndrome

    Hey folks, I haven't been on here for awhile and I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings but the info at the bottom of this post is really important for the ones that are not familiar with this particular issue. I did a copy and paste from another post that is in the Ky. section.

    Thanks
    and may all your finds be gold.

    Jean
    NSS#59538
    Blue Grass Grotto

    Hello 2Shoes, Seth was pretty clear on the area and I've been up in that region before so I don't think I'll have any problems finding it, but I prefer the courtesy of contacting the poster of the info. My specialty is ridge walking for caves and I seem to have found quite a few that way that have never been logged. Right now there is an issue with "White Nose Syndrome", it is a fungus that has been associated with the deaths of hundreds of thousands of bats throughout several states. Unfortunately it seems to have about a 90% mortality rate. Caves and abandoned and /or inactive mines that in the the Eastern and Southern Regions of the National Forest System (National Parks, Forests and Public Lands-22 states) are off limits unless posted as open with official Forest Service signs. Exceptions to the closure order are for research and monitoring, law enforcement and search and rescue operations. The closure does not include El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico because it is unlikely the fungus thought to cause white-nose syndrome would survive in the tropics. Any property owners/privately owned caves in these regions are being asked to cooperate with this decision. All state governments are supporting this and has been signed into law until further notice. Please visit the following sites at the bottom. This is not some ploy to deny folks the fun of exploration, it would be absolutely devastating to spread this around more that it already is. I'll provide the links in a new post in the main section so the folks that don't know about it get a heads up.

    http://batcon.net/pdfs/whitenose/Con...tement2009.pdf
    http://www.caves.org/WNS/
    http://www.caves.org/WNS/Cave_Closures.htm
    http://www.caves.org/WNS/WNS%20Brochure%20090501.pdf
    http://batcon.net/pdfs/whitenose/WNS...se_5-29-09.pdf
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  2. #2

    Nov 2007
    Largo, Florida
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    Re: Caves/Mines= White Nose Syndrome

    White Nose Syndrome, thought it was a nightclub related problem.

  3. #3
    mx
    Nov 2004
    Alamos,Sonora,Mexico
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    Re: Caves/Mines= White Nose Syndrome

    Good morning Rptyd; Thanks for that up to date information. Most have no idea just how serious or what an important part Bats play in our behalf. Like the Bees dying off, this could have drastic consequences in our comfort and food supply.

    Keep me advised on developments, by Em, or PM's if necessary.

    Don Jose d e La Mancha

    "I exist to live, not live to exist"

  4. #4
    us
    May 2009
    Thomasville, GA
    MXT ,Tesoro Compadre ,Tesoro Tiger Shark, DFX
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    Re: Caves/Mines= White Nose Syndrome

    Link from National Speleological Society.
    http://caves.org/WNS/index.htm
    For those interested.

    I'm a CAVER !

    "Cavers Save Spelunkers "

    OOOPS ! Sorry Jean. You had that link.
    " Let an Old Racehorse run...Let him open his stride...

    "Big Snort Mort"  ,  "Zeak the Streak" .

  5. #5
    us
    Kentucky Caver

    Sep 2008
    Kentucky
    Antique Gold Mountain, lol..
    57
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    Re: Caves/Mines= White Nose Syndrome

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaw Jah Danny
    Link from National Speleological Society.
    http://caves.org/WNS/index.htm
    For those interested.

    I'm a CAVER !

    "Cavers Save Spelunkers "

    OOOPS ! Sorry Jean. You had that link.

    TAG caver huh? lol
    Why aren't you at KOR?


    Don Jose d e La Mancha, you're welcome and I'll certainly post updates. This one can't very well be blown off, the consequences are too dire.


  6. #6
    us
    Kentucky Caver

    Sep 2008
    Kentucky
    Antique Gold Mountain, lol..
    57
    4 times

    Re: Caves/Mines= White Nose Syndrome

    Quote Originally Posted by Rptyd
    Hey folks, I haven't been on here for awhile and I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings but the info at the bottom of this post is really important for the ones that are not familiar with this particular issue. I did a copy and paste from another post that is in the Ky. section.

    Thanks
    and may all your finds be gold.

    Jean
    NSS#59538
    Blue Grass Grotto

    Hello 2Shoes, Seth was pretty clear on the area and I've been up in that region before so I don't think I'll have any problems finding it, but I prefer the courtesy of contacting the poster of the info. My specialty is ridge walking for caves and I seem to have found quite a few that way that have never been logged. Right now there is an issue with "White Nose Syndrome", it is a fungus that has been associated with the deaths of hundreds of thousands of bats throughout several states. Unfortunately it seems to have about a 90% mortality rate. Caves and abandoned and /or inactive mines that in the the Eastern and Southern Regions of the National Forest System (National Parks, Forests and Public Lands-22 states) are off limits unless posted as open with official Forest Service signs. Exceptions to the closure order are for research and monitoring, law enforcement and search and rescue operations. The closure does not include El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico because it is unlikely the fungus thought to cause white-nose syndrome would survive in the tropics. Any property owners/privately owned caves in these regions are being asked to cooperate with this decision. All state governments are supporting this and has been signed into law until further notice. Please visit the following sites at the bottom. This is not some ploy to deny folks the fun of exploration, it would be absolutely devastating to spread this around more that it already is. I'll provide the links in a new post in the main section so the folks that don't know about it get a heads up.

    http://batcon.net/pdfs/whitenose/Con...tement2009.pdf
    http://www.caves.org/WNS/
    http://www.caves.org/WNS/Cave_Closures.htm
    http://www.caves.org/WNS/WNS%20Brochure%20090501.pdf
    http://batcon.net/pdfs/whitenose/WNS...se_5-29-09.pdf
    Keeping up to date!

  7. #7
    us
    Apr 2009
    4

    Re: Caves/Mines= White Nose Syndrome

    It's really important that you not wear the same clothing or use the same equpiment if you have been in caves known to have the problem. There are warning at the entrance of the Modoc caves asking people who have been in cave in the East, not to use their equipment.

  8. #8
    mx
    Nov 2004
    Alamos,Sonora,Mexico
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    Re: Caves/Mines= White Nose Syndrome

    Gracias my friend

    Don Jose de La Mancha
    "I exist to live, not live to exist"

  9. #9
    us
    Kentucky Caver

    Sep 2008
    Kentucky
    Antique Gold Mountain, lol..
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    Re: Caves/Mines= White Nose Syndrome

    Update: WNS has now tested positive in Missouri!

    http://www.fws.gov/northeast/white_nose.html

 

 

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