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Media Advisory: Phone Press Conference on Bat Disease, White-Nose Syndrome, Today at 11 a.m.

May 24, 2011

MAINE DEPARTMENT OF INLAND FISHERIES & WILDLIFE

284 State St., SHS 41, Augusta, ME 04333
www.mefishwildlife.com
Public: Main Number: (207) 287-8000

Media: For more information, call IF&W Spokeswoman Deborah Turcotte at (207) 592-1164

M E D I A A D V I S O R Y

Bat Disease, White-Nose Syndrome, Confirmed in Maine; Not Harmful to Humans, but Deadly to Bats

AUGUSTA, Maine – The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has received confirmation that white-nose syndrome, a disease that has killed more than one million bats in eastern North America, now is in Maine.

Wildlife biologists from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be available for a media phone press conference at 11 a.m. TODAY (Tuesday, May 24).

Participating in the phone press conference is: John DePue, MDIF&W Wildlife Biologist; Alison Whitlock, USFWS Northeast Region White-Nose Syndrome Coordinator; Ann Froschauer, USFWS National White-Nose Syndrome Communications Leader.

To participate in this phone press conference, please call the number below and enter the passcode. A press release, photos, b-roll video, and other reference materials to use in your coverage will be available starting at 11 a.m.

Conference Name: White Nose Syndrome Participant passcode: 414021 Dial in Phone Number: 1-888-450-5996

Conference Shortcuts: - Press *1 to hear a help menu. - Press *0 to reach an operator. - Press *6 to mute or 'un-mute' line. - Press *4 to increase conference volume. - Press *7 to decrease conference volume. - Press *5 to increase your voice volume. - Press *8 to decrease your voice volume.