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Big-eared bat mystery solved in North Carolina

Asheville, North Carolina — A proposed highway widening project in 2010 led to the solution of a wildlife mystery, plus additional protection of North Carolina’s only endangered Virginia big-eared bat population. The Virginia big-eared bat was placed on the federal endangered species list in 1979. Found mainly in Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky, there is one population in North Carolina. In the early 1980s, scientists discovered two hibernation sites for that North Carolina population, a pair of caves at Grandfather Mountain.

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Arecibo, Puerto Rico — El Servicio Federal de Pesca y Vida Silvestre (Servicio) junto con el Departamento de Recursos Naturales y Ambientales de Puerto Rico (PRDRNA) y otros colaboradores, iniciaron la remoción de la Represa de Cambalache, localizada en el Río Grande de Arecibo. La remoción de esta represa conectará y restaurará 25 kilómetros del Río Grande de Arecibo a unas condiciones de hábitat más naturales, proveyéndole así a los peces y otras especies acuáticas un hábitat más saludable con un flujo de agua libre.

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