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Originally Posted: August 28, 2012
Tell Pennsylvania Wildlife Management Director, Calvin DuBrock that along with increased research efforts to stop white-nose syndrome, listing at the state level will boost the profile of bats, including putting the three species in the Pennsylvania Natural Diversity Index -- a database developers must consult before obtaining permits. SAVE BATS!
Bat suffering from "white-nose syndrome"
Sign an online petition (copy/paste URL into your browser):
And/or better yet, make direct contact:
Director, PA Wildlife Managemement, Game Commission
2001 Elmerton Avenue
Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797
phone (717) 787-5529
INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
White-nose syndrome has killed nearly 7 million bats in eastern North America. Bat populations across the Northeast, including Pennsylvania, are plummeting, and several species are now at risk of extinction. The northern long-eared bat has declined by 99 percent, as has the little brown bat. The tricolored bat has declined a hair less, at 98 percent. All three hibernate in Pennsylvania's caves and mines during the winter.
These species need all the help they can get -- so the Pennsylvania Game Commission has proposed listing all three as endangered under the state Endangered Species Act.
Along with increased research efforts to stop white-nose syndrome, listing at the state level will boost the profile of bats, including putting the three species in the Pennsylvania Natural Diversity Index -- a database developers must consult before obtaining permits.
The loss of bug-eating bats affects everyone, including farmers who may suffer crop losses or have to use more pesticides because insects are more numerous. Bats also help keep forest bugs at bay and act as a free, nontoxic "insecticide" against mosquitoes and other pesky biting insects.
A letter in support of state listing will help the Commission do the right thing.
Please add the northern long-eared bat, little brown bat and tricolored bat to the state of Pennsylvania's endangered list.
These species have nearly disappeared from the state as a result of white-nose syndrome, which spread to Pennsylvania four years ago. The survivors need all the assistance and protection we can give them, including greater restrictions on habitat modification and loss, reduction of disturbances at their wintering sites, and research to find out more about the species and what it will take to recover them.
Thank you for recognizing the urgent need to protect these bat species.
Thank you for everything you do for animals!