Cave Bat Species Endangered in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Ag Connection - 02/07/2019
The state Board of Game Commissioners updated Pennsylvania's list of threatened and endangered species, providing three cave bat species additional protection by reclassifying them as endangered.
Decimated by white-nose syndrome, the cave bat species given additional protection are the:
- Northern long-eared bat
- Tri-colored bat
- Little brown bat
The northern long-eared bat was listed as a federal threatened species in April 2015. In addition, tri-colored bats and little brown bats currently are being considered for protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.
These listings ensure that the Pennsylvania Game Commission and other resource agencies work with industry if conservation work and land-use planning projects could affect the presence of endangered or threatened species.
Working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, DCNR and the PA Game Commission are developing a Habitat Conservation Plan to avoid and mitigate impacts to bats.