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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Protects
Northern Long-eared Bat as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act


Northern long-eared bat showing symptoms of white-nose syndrome.

 

Northern long-eared bat showing symptoms of white-nose syndrome; a disease caused by the fungus, Pseudogymnoascus destructans.

Photo Courtesy of Steve Tayler; University of Illinois

 

April 1, 2015

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today it is protecting the northern long-eared bat as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), 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 special rule that eliminates unnecessary regulatory requirements for landowners, land managers, government agencies and others in the range of the northern long-eared bat. The public is invited to comment on this interim rule as the Service considers whether modifications or exemptions for additional categories of activities should be included in a final 4(d) rule that will be finalized by the end of the calendar year. The Service is accepting public comments on the proposed rule until July 1, 2015 and may make revisions based on additional information it receives.

 

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Last updated: April 9, 2015