Letter to Wisconsin Endangered Resources Program regarding endangered bats

Stacy Rowe

Endangered Resources Program

Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources

PO Box 7921

Madison WI  53707-7921


November 26, 2010


Dear Ms. Rowe,


We are writing to express our support for the protection of the bats of Wisconsin from depredation by the fungus causing white-nose syndrome. Bats are an important part of our ecosystem and need immediate and appropriate action to help protect them from this fungal disease. Actions we support and encourage include:


  1. Permanent rule proposal to list four cave bat species as threatened in § NR 27.03(3), Wis. Adm. Code.  The proposed changes will add the four cave bat species in Wisconsin to the Wisconsin threatened species list. The four species include the little brown bat, big brown bat, northern long-eared bat, and eastern pipistrelle.


  1. Permanent rule proposal to list the white-nose syndrome fungus, Geomyces destructans, as a prohibited invasive species in § NR 40.04(2), Wis. Adm. Code.


  1. Permanent rule proposal to adopt emergency Order IS-49-10 (E) regarding the management of white-nose syndrome in bats. 


Thank you for your consideration. 




Laura Olah, Executive Director, Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger

Storme Nelson, Executive Director, Friends of Hunt Hill

Judy Miner, Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice

Rick Koziel, Executive Director, Beaver Creek Reserve

Matthew Alan Smith, Land Manager, Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

Kiera Mulvey, Executive Director, Madison Area Community Supported Agriculture Coalition

Jill K. Roberts, Hales Corners, WI

Jeanne Hanisko, Racine, WI

Dan Yanko, Menomonee Falls, WI

Erin Vennie-Vollrath, Madison, WI

Diego Calderon, Madison, WI

Maria Barragan, Madison, WI

Audrey Calderon, Madison, WI

Katalina Calderon, Madison, WI

Audrey Calderon, Madison, WI

Francisco Calderon, Madison, WI

Don Ferber, Madison, WI

Martha McClure, Blanchardville, WI

Andrea McMillen, Madison, WI

Karla Ortman, Rhinelander WI

Rick Koziel, Chippewa Falls, WI

Licia Johnson, Manitowish Waters, WI

David Tremble, Prairie du Sac, WI

Laura Smith, Madison, WI

Margaret Sarafiny, Portage, WI

Gene and Mimi Wuest, Reedsburg, WI

Emily Matson, Madison, WI

Mark Sieffert, Madison, WI

Bonnie Block, Madison, WI

Mark & Susan Foote-Martin, Arlington, WI

Brynn Bemis, Madison, WI  

Sari Williams, Madison, WI

John Holzhauer, Madison, WI

Allison Madison, Madison, WI

Serge Koenig, Baraboo, WI 

Amber Seffrood, Spring Green, WI

Sarah Russell, Madison, WI

Andrea Potter, Fitchburg, WI

Steve and Jana Olson, Fitchburg, WI

Sarah Hole, Madison, WI

Brenna Holzhauer, Madison, WI

Lora Ott, Madison WI

Tracy A. Spoeth-Jaworski, Merrimac, WI


(Late update: 10:30 a.m. November 17)