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Bat populations are declining locally, and continentally, due to habitat loss and fragmentation, roost disturbances, public lack of awareness, and poor regulatory measures. South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks and the South Dakota Bat Working Group are initiating efforts to protect habitats and conserve bats in South Dakota. To learn more about these efforts, check out the South Dakota Bat Management Plan.

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Anyone who desires to conduct bat research must comply with the requirements of the Bat Sampling and Protection Protocol Guidelines.

Recent Threats

White-nose Syndrome has harmed bat populations in the eastern United States and was recently documented in Oklahoma and Missouri. Much remains unknown about the fungus that causes White-nose Syndrome, including whether the fungus itself harms bats and how it is spread. Learn more about the threat of White-nose Syndrome to bats.

Learn more:

To learn more about bats in South Dakota, including humane methods of dealing with bats in your home or other buildings and South Dakota's Annual Bat Festival, visit the South Dakota Bat Working Group's website.

BatsLIVE is a free distance-learning program that highlights the use of technological media to reach children, educators, land managers and the public. It also serves as a clearinghouse of bat education resources including sample curriculums, lesson plans, videos and posters as well as multiple links to other bat-related information.