Fungus-Ravaged Bat Proposed for Endangered Species Listing

Federal officials proposed designating the northern long-eared bat, once common but ravaged by a deadly fungus, as an endangered species.

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FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources shows a northern long-eared bat. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to list it as endangered. Officials say its population has fallen sharply because of a fungal disease called white-nose syndrome, which has spread across nearly 80% of the species' range. (Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources via AP, File)
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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Federal officials on Tuesday proposed designating the northern long-eared bat, once common but ravaged by a deadly fungus, as an endangered species. The population has plummeted since colonies infected with white-nose syndrome were spotted in New York caves in the mid-2000s. The bat is likely to go extinct without a dramatic turnaround, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said. “It’s going to be difficult but we’re going to do everything…

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