With The Conclusion Of The Shutdown, The U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service Gets Back To Work

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Getting back into the swing of things, earlier today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determined that the eastern small-footed bat (Myotis leibii) does not warrant listing at this time, and commented on its proposal to list the northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis) (pdf) as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.  The notice issued by the Service states that the "primary threat to the northern long-eared bat is a disease, white-nose syndrome, which has killed an estimated 5.5 million cave-hibernating bats in the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest and Canada."  According to the notice, comments on the proposed listing must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on December 2, 2013.  As for the eastern small-footed bat, the Service concluded that although the "bat also hibernates in caves and mines, it has not shown the drastic decline at winter hibernacula compared with that experienced by the northern long-eared bat."