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Endangered species designation slows northern trail project

BatTrail enthusiasts in northern Michigan will have to wait a bit longer for construction of a new trail from Boyne City to Charlevoix.

The project delay is the result of a recent designation of the northern long-eared bat as a threatened species by the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service. Continue reading

US Fish & Wildlife Service puts long-eared northern bat on threatened list

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The US Fish and Wildlife Service has put the northern long-eared bat on the “threatened” species list. The agency stopped short of declaring the species in danger of extinction – even though millions have been killed by “white nose bat syndrome.” That means state officials don’t have to take drastic measures to protect habitats while researchers search for a cure.

Dan Kennedy is an endangered species specialist with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

“What we can do right now is try to minimize impacts to these bats while they’re hibernating, but as far as specifically addressing the fungus, there is no silver bullet.”

Kennedy says most of the bats in Michigan are hibernating in remote, abandoned mines in the western Upper Peninsula. There could be some restrictions on logging and tree thinning in summer months in areas where young bats are roosting.

Wildlife officials say bat die-off in Michigan likely to “get considerably worse”, before it gets better.

Dead bats with white-nose syndrome (inset) at a mine opening in Keweenaw County. Photo courtesy of Gina Nicholas

Dead bats with white-nose syndrome (inset) at a mine opening in Keweenaw County. Photo courtesy of Gina Nicholas

Officials with the state Department of Natural Resources say they have received the first reports this winter of bats in Michigan dying from White Nose Syndrome.
The bats were found near the opening of a copper mine in Keweenaw County in the UP. Continue reading