Rock Island Ecological Services Field Office

Midwest Region


Kraig McPeek

Field Office Supervisor


Rock Island Field Office

Ecological Services
1511 47th Avenue
Moline, IL 61265

Phone: 309-757-5800
Fax: 309-757-5807
Federal Relay: 800-877-8339

-8339 (Federal Relay)




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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Determines Critical Habitat is

Not Prudent for Threatened

Northern Long-eared Bats

Hibernating northern long-eared bat.

Photo courtesy of Dave Thomas; Lyon College


Determination based on desire to reduce potential disturbance at hibernation sites, habitat requirements of species, and acknowledgement of white-nose syndrome as primary threat


April 25, 2016

Given the nature of the primary threats facing the species and the potential harm of publishing its hibernation locations, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that designating critical habitat for the northern long-eared bat under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is not prudent. The Service’s determination does not affect the bat’s threatened status, which it received in 2015 due to white-nose syndrome, a deadly fungal disease impacting cave-dwelling bats.


Critical habitat is a designation under the ESA for lands that contain habitat features that are essential for the survival and recovery of a listed species, which may require special management considerations or protections. The ESA requires the Service to consider which areas are needed for a species’ recovery and to designate critical habitat accordingly, unless it determines that doing so is not prudent for the species.


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