Posts tagged #Bats

USFWS Lists Northern Long Eared Bat as Threatened Species

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it will publish a final rule in today's Federal Register designating the northern long eared bat as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.  The listing will become effective May 4, 2015, at which time an interim 4(d) incidental take rule will also take effect.

USFWS will be accepting comments on the interim rule for 90 days, until July 1, 2015.  The interim 4(d) rule permits incidental take for all activities taking place outside of areas affected by white nose syndrome.  In areas affected by white nose syndrome, the interim rule permits incidental take for forest management (i.e. logging) and maintenance and limited expansion of utility rights-of-way, as long as those activities are conducted according to certain habitat conservation measures such as avoiding hibernacula and avoiding certain types of cutting during summer months.  

Posted on April 2, 2015 .

Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife: Additions to Endangered and Threatened List

Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (IF&W) has proposed modifications to the State’s designation of threatened and endangered species. The changes include adding a species of beetle, butterfly and land-snail as endangered, two species of bats as endangered, and a third bat species as threatened. Public hearings are scheduled for August 4 in Portland and August 5 in Farmington; the comment deadline is August 15. IF&W will make any final recommendations for changes but the Legislature retains sole authority to designate a species for inclusion on the list. 

Posted on July 24, 2014 .