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Decontamination Protocols


The BLM strongly recommends, first and foremost, compliance with all cave closures, advisories, and regulations on all Federal, State, Tribal, and private lands.

Decontamination procedures are required of everyone entering caves or mines on public land in New Mexico. These procedures are the best known measures to help reduce the potential human transmission of the fungus Geomyces destructans (G.d.), believed to be the cause of white-nose syndrome (WNS), to important bat habitat and populations. WNS is responsible for significant bat mortality in eastern North America, and threatens bat populations across the continent.


White-Nose Syndrome Decontamination Protocol

Supporting Decontamination Documentation for Cavers
(WNS Decontamination Supplement 1 of 2)

Supporting Decontamination Documentation for Researchers
(WNS Decontamination Supplement 2 of 2)