Long-eared bat listed as protected species

ISHPEMING — The Endangered Species Act is adding a new species to their list of protected animals.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that they are going to protect the northern long–eared bat as a threatened species. This addition comes primarily from the threat posed by the white–nose syndrome that has devastated numerous bat populations.

The Service also issued an interim special rule that eliminates unnecessary regulatory requirements for landlords, land managers, government agencies and others in range of the long–eared bat.

The public is invited to comment on this interim rule as the Service considers whether additional categories of activities should be included in a final rule that will be finalized by the end of the calendar year.