US Fish and Wildlife Service reopens public comment period for northern long-eared bat

The Service is reopening the comment period on our October 2, 2013, proposed rule to list the northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis) as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. We recently received additional information from state agencies within the range of the species, this information is available at http://www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered/mammals/nlba

Reopening the comment period will allow the public to review this information and provide comments on our proposed rule in light of that additional information. Additionally, the public may comment on any aspect of the proposed rule and provide new information, if available. However, comments previously submitted on the proposal need not be resubmitted, as they are already incorporated into the public record and will be considered fully in our final determination.

Notice of the comment period re-opening published in the Federal Register on Nov. 18, 2014, and opened a 30-day public comment period that will end on Dec. 18, 2014. See the notice here: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-18/pdf/2014-27407.pdf,P> You may submit comments by one of the following methods: (1) Electronically: Go to the Federal eRule-making Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. In the Search box, enter Docket No. FWS–R5–ES–2011–0024, which is the docket number for this rulemaking. You may submit a comment by clicking on “Comment Now!'' Please ensure that you have found the correct rulemaking before submitting your comment.

(2) By hard copy: Submit by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS–R5–ES–2011–0024; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: BPHC; 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803.

We will accept and consider comments and information we receive or postmarked on or before the closing date. We must receive comments submitted electronically using the Federal eRulemaking Portal by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Dec. 18, 2014.

Please send your comments only by the methods described above. We will not accept verbal comments left on phone voicemail or comments sent to other postal or email addresses. The Service will post all information received on http://www.regulations.gov. This generally means that the Service will post any personal information you provide.

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Photo of a northern long-eared bat with symptoms of white-nose syndrome