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Habitat of Endangered Bats Threatened by State Lumbering Plan

Photo: State of South Dakota

The Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) and the Dept. Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) are seeking permission to destroy habitat for the federally listed endangered Indiana bat. In a Dec. 12 letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service a group of environmental organizations objected to the Pennsylvania plan to log 3.9 million acres of state lands. Earlier this year the PGC planned establish a program to protect the bats, which are suffering from a plague of the fungal white-nose syndrome. PGC surveys have shown a 99 percent drop in northern long-eared bats and little brown bats and 98 percent decline in tri-colored bats, since 2008. The lumber industry opposed that plan, and now the PGC and DCNR appear to be heading in an opposite direction.

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