Northern Long-eared Bat Listed as Threatened
News Release: Protections Finalized for Threatened Northern Long-Eared Bats - January 13, 2016
Final 4(d) Rule (PDF)
WNS Zone Map (PDF) - This map is updated on the first of every month if there are new counties with verified occurrences of white-nose syndrome or Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd), the fungus that causes the disease.
News Release: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Protects Northern Long-eared Bat as Threatened Under Endangered Species Act - April 1, 2015
Final Listing Rule (PDF)
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 list the northern long-eared as threatened?
The northern long-eared bat was once a common resident of forests from the Atlantic coast to as far west 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 26 of those states, with the fungus that causes the disease documented in an additional 4 states. Based on surveillance and research since white-nose syndrome symptoms were first seen on bats in 2006, we expect that the disease will spread throughout this bat’s range and 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
Questions? Contact us
Inquiries about local or regional issues may be directed to:
Midwest (IA, IL, IN, MI, MN, MO, OH, WI)
812-334-4261 x 1203
Northeast (CT, DE, ME, MD, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT, VA, WV, and District of Columbia)
Southeast (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN)
Southwest (AZ, NM, OK, TX)
Mountain-Prairie (CO, KS, MT, NE, ND, SD, UT, WY)