WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — Vermont’s secretary of Natural Resources is being urged to add two species of once-common bats to the state’s endangered species list.
On Tuesday Vermont’s Endangered Species Committee recommended that little brown bats and northern long-eared bats be added to the list because their populations have been decimated by white nose syndrome. Being on the list will help protect the species.
Experts say the populations of little brown bats has declined 75 percent and some surveys failed to find any northern long-eared bats.
The mysterious white nose syndrome began decimating bat populations in the Northeast five years ago.
The Burlington Free Press says that the committee met Tuesday, chairwoman Sally Laughlin hand-carried the recommendation to Natural Resources Secretary Deb Markowitz, who will make the decision.
Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com