Bat that lives in Wyo. may be listed as endangered

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — One of Wyoming’s 15 resident bat species could be listed as endangered because of threats it faces outside of the state.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a proposal earlier this month to list the northern long-eared bat as endangered because populations of the bat in the eastern United States have been decimated by a disease known as white-nose syndrome.

Bob Oakleaf, nongame coordinator for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, tells the Casper Star-Tribune ( ) a listing probably would not significantly affect land activities in the Cowboy State.

Relatively few of the bats live in Wyoming, and the closest documented cases of white-nose syndrome are in Minnesota and eastern Oklahoma.

White-nose syndrome has killed about 5.5 million bats in the U.S. and Canada.


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