The biggest threat to northern long-eared bats is a fast-spreading fungal disease called white-nose syndrome. The epidemic has killed more than 7 million bats so far. It disrupts hibernation and has almost completely wiped out northern long-eareds in the Northeast. And politicians and industry lobbyists are fast becoming the second-biggest threat to these tiny flying mammals.
Please -- take action below to tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service protection for these bats can't wait.
In the fall of 2013 Fish and Wildlife recognized the dramatic and rapid decline of northern long-eareds and recommended they be protected as endangered by fall 2014. But heavy opposition from members of Congress and wildlife officials in states where northern long-eared bats live -- like Ohio and Pennsylvania -- has delayed protection.
Frustratingly, the Service is giving into political pressure -- in June the agency announced a delay and reopened the comment period on its listing proposal.
Those who oppose protection of this species may find it comes back to haunt them: A 2010 study estimated that bats provide $3.7 to $53 billion annually in pest-control services to American agriculture. Bats eat bugs, and that's very good for both people and their crops.
Take action below -- tell the Service northern long-eared bats can't wait any longer for the powerful protection of the Endangered Species Act.
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