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Service Announces 5-Year Review for Indiana Bat
Midwest Region, July 26, 2011
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), recently published a notice in the Federal Register announcing our intent to conduct another 5-year review (review) of the Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) under section 4(c)(2)(A) of the Endangered Species Act (Act), on 26 July 2011 (available at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-07-26/pdf/2011-18893.pdf). Five-year reviews are conducted approximately every five years to ensure that a species’ listing classification as threatened or endangered is accurate and justified. It is a formal assessment of a species’ conservation status, examined in light of any newly available information regarding its biology and threats. As we initiate this new Review, we request your assistance in this effort by providing us with any new information or data that you may have on the Indiana bat since we completed the last 5-Year Review (initiated in 2006 and completed in 2009) (http://www.fws.gov/midwest/Endangered/recovery/5yr_rev/pdf/INBA5Yr30Sept2009.pdf).

 

Specifically, we request any new information, analyses, or reports for the Indiana bat that summarize and interpret: population status and threats, demographic or population trends; genetics and competition; dispersal and habitat use; habitat condition or amount; and adequacy of existing regulatory mechanisms, management, and conservation planning. We are requesting this information for all applicable land ownerships within the range of the Indiana bat.

The information submitted should be supported by documentation such as maps, bibliographic references, methods used to gather and analyze the data, and/or copies of any pertinent publications, reports, or letters by knowledgeable sources. We will consider all information submitted, however, raw data that has not been analyzed or summarized may have limited usefulness in the review process. Because some parties may have extensive amounts of information pertinent to these reviews, we ask that you provide a contact name (and phone number or email address) so that we may be able to discuss the information as appropriate or needed during these reviews.

The review will assess: (a) whether new information suggests that the species’ population is increasing, declining, or stable; (b) whether existing threats are increasing, the same, reduced, or eliminated; (c) if there are any new threats; and (d) if new information or analysis calls into question any of the conclusions in the last listing determination as to the species’ status. The review will also consider whether any of this new information is germane to the Service’s Policy Regarding the Recognition of Distinct Vertebrate Population Segments (61 Federal Register 4722) to the Indiana bat.

The determination of whether any species should be delisted, or reclassified from endangered to threatened or from threatened to endangered will be based on the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the review. The information obtained in this review will be evaluated against the five factors described in the Act to determine if a change in the listing status of the Indiana bat as endangered is warranted:

1) The present or threatened destruction, modification, or curtailment of its habitat or range;
2) Overutilization for commercial, recreational, scientific, or educational purposes;
3) Disease or predation;
4) The inadequacy of existing regulatory mechanisms; or
5) Other natural or manmade factors affecting its continued existence.

We request that you submit any pertinent information by 15 November 2011 to ensure that your information contributes to our review. However, we will continue to accept new information after this date. Please send your response to:

Andrew King
Attn: IBat 5-Year Review
Bloomington Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
620 S. Walker Street, Bloomington, IN 47403-2121

Information regarding the Indiana bat may also be sent electronically to FW3MidwestRegion_5YearReview@fws.gov. Please submit your information in Text or Rich Text Format (e.g., Word), or as a spreadsheet (e.g., Excel), and include “Indiana Bat” in the Subject line and include your name and return address in the body of your message.

Contact Info: Andy King, 812-334-4261 x1216, Andrew_King@fws.gov



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