Endangered listing for bat delayed

U.S. Senator Lummis intervenes to push back effective date of upgraded listing


February 2, 2023

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has delayed the effective date of its decision to upgrade the classification status of the northern long-eared bat to “endangered”.

According to U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis, FWS announced it would postpone the original January 30 implementation date after receiving a letter from a group of senators, including Lummis as Senate Western Caucus Chair. The letter expressed concern over the potential impact of the listing on infrastructure projects across the United States.

FWS confirmed the delay in a press release on Wednesday, stating that it will b...

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