Northern Long-eared Bat Listed as Threatened
Range Map with WNS 150-mile Buffer Zone (PDF) - updated April 30, 2015. Counties added to buffer zone in Iowa (Harrison, Shelby, and Audubon) and Nebraska (Thayer, Seward, Saunders, Douglas, and Washington) due to new occurrences of Pd and WNS.
Comment Period Open for Interim 4(d) Rule
We are currently seeking public comments on the interim 4(d) rule.
You may submit comments by one of the following methods:
- Electronically: Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. In the Search box, enter Docket No. FWS–R5–ES–2011–0024. You may submit a comment by clicking on “Comment Now!'' Please ensure you have found the correct rulemaking before submitting your comment.
- By hard copy: Submit by U.S. mail or hand delivery to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS–R5–ES–2011–0024; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: BPHC; 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, Va. 22041-3803.
All comments will be posted on http://www.regulations.gov. This generally means we will post any personal information you provide us. If you previously submitted comments or information on the January 2015 interim 4(d) rule, please do not resubmit them. We have incorporated them into the public record, and we will consider them fully in our final determination.
Northern long-eared bat with visible symptoms of White-nose Syndrome. LaSalle County, Illinois. January 2013. Photo courtesy of Steve Taylor/University of Illinois.
Why did the Service Propose Listing the Northern Long-eared as Endangered?
The northern long-eared bat was once a common resident of forests from the Atlantic coast and west as far as eastern Wyoming and Montana. Unfortunately, this particular bat is one of the species hardest hit by the disease, white-nose syndrome. In forests of the Northeast, population declines have been dramatic in a very short time. Declines of up to 99 percent have been documented through hibernacula surveys and substantiated by summer surveys. The range of the northern long-eared bat extends into 37 states and white-nose syndrome has spread to 25 of those states, with the fungus that causes the disease documented in an additional 3 states. Based on surveillance and research since white-nose syndrome symptoms were first seen on bats in 2006, we expect that white-nose syndrome will spread throughout this bat’s range and that impacts will be the same as those documented in areas already affected by white-nose syndrome.
- White-nose Syndrome: a coordinated response to the devastating bat disease
- See images of bats with White-nose Syndrome
- About the Northern Long-eared Bat
Proposal to List as Endangered
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service held three public information webcasts in August 2014 to provide information and answer questions about our proposal to list the northern long-eared bat as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.
The 1-hour information sessions included a presentation and facilitated question-and-answer session.
- Watch the video of the recorded presentation:
- Download the presentation (1.7 MB PDF)
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