The Federal government has moved slowly to add bats to the US endangered species list, angering many scientists and environmental activists. Now Vermont is moving to add little brown and northern long-eared bats to the state’s endangered list. This from the Burlington Free Press.
The number of little brown bats has plunged at least 75 percent, experts reported, and recent surveys in some spots could find no northern long-eared bats at all.
“There are models that predict extinction within 16 years,” University of Vermont biologist William Kilpatrick reported to the committee.
Endangered status could affect everything from wind farm development to timber harvesting. The final decision will be made by Vermont’s Natural Resources Secretary Deb Markowitz.