U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces 6-month extension on northern long-eared bat listing decision

Today U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe announced a 6-month extension for making a final determination on listing the northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis) as endangered. With the extension, the Service will make a final decision on listing the northern long-eared bat no later than April 2, 2015. As part of the extension, the Service is also reopening a 60-day public comment period and seeks input from states, tribes, Federal agencies, and other stakeholders about the status of the northern long-eared bat.

The 60-day comment period begins when the notice is published in the Federal Register, which we anticipate happening soon. More information about the proposal to list the northern long-eared bat can be found on our website at www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered.

Photo of northern long-eared bat by Al Hicks/NYDEC