Hibernacula survey at Minnetonka Cave, Bear Lake County, Idaho

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Abel, Becky



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Big Brown Bat, Corynorhinus townsendii, Eptesicus fuscus, Little Brown Myotis, Long-eared Myotis, Myotis ciliolabrum, Myotis evotis, Myotis lucifugus, Myotis sp, Townsend's Big-Eared Bat, Western Small-footed Myotis


Idaho Department of Fish and Game personnel and wildlife biologist for Caribou-Targhee National Forest, Devon Green, surveyed Minnetonka Cave, by section, for hibernating bats on 28 January 2014. We counted a total of 727 bats, including 76 Townsend's big-eared bats, 1 hibernating big brown bat, 9 western small-footed myotis (likely an undercount given the crevises in which they were tucked), 26 little brown myotis, 24 long-eared myotis, and 590 individuals identified only to the genus Myotis. No bats were observed to exhibit signs of white-nose syndrome (WNS). We observed one fresh carcass of a big brown bat and 3 decomposed (unidentifiable to genus or species) carcasses; no fungus was visible that appeared to be WNS. We took precautions to prevent possible contamination and spread of white nose syndrome by following U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service WNS protocols. Tables and figures are included.