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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Northern Long-Eared Bats Could Slow Utica Shale Development

From Cleveland.com:
One can fit in your palm, although most people don't care to hold bats. You can even call them cute, in a toothy, homely-mammal way. 
The northern long-eared bat, named for its unusually long ears, is disappearing in parts of the United States. But Ohioans with interests in coal mining, electricity transmission, oil and gas drilling, and road-and-bridge improvement say that while they appreciate wildlife, the long-eared bat is about to become a nuisance for them. 
They are questioning, and in some instances fighting, a recommendation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, or FWS, to declare the northern long-eared bat (formal name: Myotis septentrionalis) an endangered species.
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