U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes special rule to focus protections for northern long-eared bat: rule would apply if species is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act

In response to the rapid and severe decline of the northern long-eared bat – a species important for crop pest control – the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing a special rule under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) that would provide the maximum benefit to the species while limiting the regulatory burden on the public.

If finalized, the rule, under section 4(d) of the ESA, would apply only in the event the Service lists the bat as “threatened.” The Service’s proposal will appear in the Federal Register Jan. 16, 2015, opening a 60-day public comment period.

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Map of areas of proposed 4d rule with WNS buffer