Northern long-eared bat. Credit: Jill Utrup / USFWS
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Protects Northern Long-eared Bat Under ESA, also Issues Interim Special 4(d) Rule
April 01, 2015
The Service announced today it is protecting the northern long-eared bat as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, primarily due to the threat posed by white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease that has devastated many bat populations. At the same time, the Service issued an interim 4(d) rule that eliminates unnecessary regulatory requirements for landowners, land managers, government agencies and others in the range of the northern long-eared bat.
The Service, states, federal agencies, tribes, conservation organizations and scientific institutions are working together as part of a national response team to address white-nose syndrome through disease monitoring and management, conservation and outreach.
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