Approved euthanasia methods for bats (Microchiroptera)
This video shows the proper procedure for performing cervical dislocation on a bat with clinical signs of white-nose syndrome to be submitted to a diagnostic laboratory for evaluation. White-nose syndrome (WNS) (https://www.usgs.gov/centers/nwhc/science/white-nose-syndrome) is a highly fatal disease affecting multiple species of North American bats that is caused by the fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans. The procedure is demonstrated on a bat carcass in the video but one would use the same technique on a live, anesthetized bat in the field. This procedure is intended to be performed by an authorized wildlife professional only. It may be unlawful to take wildlife without the proper permits and one should consult their state natural resources agency for further guidance. Bats may carry rabies and should never be directly handled without appropriate safety precautions. Warning: This video shows a procedure for performing euthanasia on bats which may be disturbing to some viewers.