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Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
Ellington Agricultural Center
440 Hogan Road
Nashville, TN 37220
(615) 781-6500
Seeing the world like a Tri-colored Bat assists long-term recovery efforts of this rapidly declining species

We are living at a time when human travel is easier and quicker than ever before. You can book a flight today and be anywhere in the world tomorrow. Unfortunately, this ease of travel has allowed humans to inadvertently spread bacteria and spores around the world and introduce harmful pathogens into areas where they didn't exist previously. Recently, the fungal pathogen Pseudogymnoascus destructans, the cause of White-Nose Syndrome (WNS), has been introduced from Europe into the caves of North America and is causing massive declines in cave hibernating bat species.

Tri-colored Bats (Perimyotis subflavus) were once one of the more common species of bat in Tennessee, but the species is particularly susceptible to WNS, and populations have declined precipitously in eastern North America over the past decade. In response, the US Fish and Wildlife Service has been petitioned to list the species for protection under the Endangered Species Act. The problem is that little research has been conducted on Tri-colored Bats.

View or download the Tri-colored Bat Transmitter conservation project summary to find out about TWRA research on Tri-colored Bats.


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