White nose syndrome (WNS), a lethal fungal infection affecting hibernating bats, has raged throughout the eastern United States and Canada since first being documented in 2006.
This infection has greatly decreased bat populations in North America and has the potential to cause the extinction of several species. Bats already face severe conservation pressures from habitat destruction and other human disturbances. The outbreak of WNS could push many species past the point of no return.
The Fish and Wildlife Service has the power to protect these bats from extinction. Encourage them to do the right thing by taking immediate action today.
Please urge FWS to move forward with its proposal to list the northern long-eared bat as endangered throughout its range and to reconsider its decision not to list the eastern small-footed bat under the ESA.