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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Offers Online Information Sessions On Proposal to List Northern Long-eared Bat as Endangered

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold three public information webcasts in August
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold three public information webcasts in August to provide information and answer questions about our proposal to list the northern long-eared bat as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Webcasts will be Tuesday, August 19, at 1 p.m. Eastern; Wednesday, August 20, at 4 p.m. Eastern; and Thursday, August 21, at 7 p.m. Eastern.

People can join the 1-hour information sessions by calling a toll-free number and joining a web conference to view a presentation and participate in a facilitated question-and-answer session.

To participate:
-Log on to http://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join.php?i=741848583&p=&t=c
to view a Service presentation about the northern long-eared bat.
-To listen to the presentation and ask questions, call toll-free 1-800-369-1692. Enter passcode 2549152# to join the call.

The Service is holding these sessions to provide information about the northern long-eared bat, its biology, status and our proposal to list the species. We would also like for interested participants to be able to engage directly with Service experts, so the majority of the hour will be devoted to the facilitated question-and-answer session. While official comments cannot be submitted through the sessions, people can submit comments online or by mail through August 29, 2014. Learn more at http://www.fws.gov/midwest/news/734.html.

In October 2013, the Service proposed to list the northern long-eared bat as an endangered species, citing sharp declines in the species’ population due to white-nose syndrome. White-nose syndrome has killed millions of cave-dwelling bats in the Northeast and is spreading west and south. The disease is confirmed or suspected in 25 states and several Canadian provinces.

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