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ENVIRO-NEWS  June 2011

ENVIRO-NEWS June 2011

Subject:

Review Finds Endangered Species Protection May Be Warranted for Two Bat Species

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From: [log in to unmask] [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of FWS News and Information
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Subject: [fws-news] Review Finds Endangered Species Protection May Be Warranted for Two Bat Species
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Contacts: 

Ann Froschauer (White-Nose Syndrome) 413-253-8356, [log in to unmask] 
Meagan Racey (Endangered Species) 413-253-8558, [log in to unmask]
Clint Riley (Field Office) 814-234-0748, [log in to unmask]


Review Finds Endangered Species Protection May Be Warranted for Two Bat 
Species

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced today the eastern 
small-footed and northern long-eared bats may warrant federal protection 
as threatened or endangered species, following an initial review of a 
petition seeking to protect the species under the Endangered Species Act 
(ESA). 

The Service will initiate a more thorough status review for both bats to 
determine whether these species should be added to the Federal List of 
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. 

The eastern small-footed bat occurs from eastern Canada and New England 
south to Alabama and Georgia and west to Oklahoma. Eastern small-footed 
bats are believed to be rare throughout their range, although they are 
more common in the northern than in the southern United States. 

The northern long-eared bat occurs across much of the eastern and 
north-central United States and across all Canadian provinces west to the 
southern Northwest Territories and eastern British Columbia, although the 
species is variably distributed and rarely found in large numbers. 

On January 21, 2010, the Service received a petition from the Center for 
Biological Diversity requesting that the two species of bats be listed as 
threatened or endangered and that critical habitat be designated under the 
ESA.

Information in the petition and in the Service’s files indicates that the 
continued existence of one or both of these species may be threatened by 
several factors, including habitat destruction and degradation, 
disturbance of hibernation areas and maternity roosts, and impacts related 
to white-nose syndrome, a deadly disease that that has killed more than 1 
million cave-hibernating bats since its discovery in 2006. Existing 
regulations of these activities may be inadequate to protect the two 
species. 

Today’s decision, commonly known as a 90-day petition finding, is based on 
scientific and commercial information about the species provided in the 
petition requesting  protection of the species under the ESA. The petition 
finding does not mean that the Service has decided it is appropriate to 
protect the eastern small-footed and northern long-eared bats under the 
ESA. Rather, this finding is the first step in a process that triggers a 
more thorough review of all the biological information available. The 
finding will publish in the Federal Register on June 29, 2011.

The Service is particularly looking for information on distribution, 
status, population size or trends; life history; and threats to these 
species. Information may be submitted using one of the following methods:

        Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the 
instructions for submitting comments to Docket No. [FWS–R5–ES–2011–0024].
        U.S. mail or hand-delivery: Public Comments Processing, Attn: 
Docket No. [FWS–R5–ES–2011–0024]; Division of Policy and Directives 
Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 
2042–PDM; Arlington, VA 22203. 

Comments must be received within 60 days, on or before August 29, 2011. 
The Service will post all comments on http://www.regulations.gov. This 
generally means the agency will post any personal information provided 
through the process. The Service is not able to accept email or faxes.

In addition, the Service is proactively collecting information on several 
other bat species believed to be susceptible to white-nose syndrome to 
determine if, in addition to existing threats, the disease may be 
increasing the extinction risk of these species. These species include the 
little brown bat, big brown bat, tri-colored bat (eastern pipistrelle), 
cave myotis and southeastern myotis.

Learn more about the eastern small-footed bat at 
http://www.tn.gov/twra/tnbwg/eastsmallfootbat.html and the northern 
long-eared bat at http://www.tn.gov/twra/tnbwg/northlongearbat.html.

For more information about white-nose syndrome, please visit 
http://www.fws.gov/whitenosesyndrome/.

The ESA provides a critical safety net for America’s native fish, wildlife 
and plants. The Service is working to actively engage conservation 
partners and the public in the search for improved and innovative ways to 
conserve and recover imperiled species. To learn more about the Endangered 
Species Program, visit http://www.fws.gov/endangered/.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others 
to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their 
habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a 
leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for 
our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, 
dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more 
information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit 
www.fws.gov. Connect with our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/usfws, 
follow our tweets at www.twitter.com/usfwshq, watch our YouTube Channel at 
http://www.youtube.com/usfws and download photos from our Flickr page at 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwshq.

-FWS-

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