Feds propose listing northern long-eared bat as endangered after lawsuit

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday issued a proposed rule that would upgrade the northern long-eared bat’s status from “threatened” to “endangered” after a coalition of wildlife groups successfully sued for the change.

The bat, which has a range across most of the eastern U.S. and parts of southern Canada, has been devastated by white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease first observed in New York populations in 2006. Sixteen years later, the disease has caused a 99 percent population decline.

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