Bats may be given endangered status
Possible measures would include seasonable restrictions on timber cutting in areas with bat maternity sites, restrictions on human entry in areas where bats are hibernating and restrictions on wind turbine operations, also identified in a contributing factor in bat mortalities.
August 20, 2012
by Kay Stephens
in The Altoona Mirror
The state Game Commission is asking for public comment on adding three types of bats to the state's endangered species list.
Since the December 2008 identification in Pennsylvania of white-nose syndrome, a bat fungal disease, bat populations have declined to a point that the commission wants to consider measures that will offer some protection for Northern Long-Eared Bat, the Tri-Colored Bat (formerly known as the Eastern Pipestrelle) and the Little Brown Bat.
In an advertisement seeking comment through Sept. 11, Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe said consideration is warranted because the three bat species... [continue via Web link]