Protect the Little Brown Bat Before It Disappears
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Little brown bats are facing extinction. These small flying mammals have been dying out because of a disease known as white nose syndrome. They have suffered population declines of up to 100% in some habitats. Yet the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has not listed it as endangered. If the little brown bat is listed as endangered, the U.S. Government will have to protect the bat and its habitat from human threats. The Government will also have to proactively work to help the bats recover. This could include research on combating white nose syndrome and/or setting aside a protected habitat.
If the bat becomes extinct, the effects will not be good. The little brown bat is an insectivore, eating harmful insects such as mosquitoes, wasps, and other bugs. But now, experts say that little brown bats are eating less -- up to 700 tons less per year. That's 700 tons more mosquitoes and other insects left to bug us! More mosquitoes around to bite people, more wasps to sting people, and more insects to feed on crops and damage them. If the little brown bat becomes extinct, there will be a drastic rise in harmful insects.
The little brown bat is a great creature that is helpful to humans, and it deserves to survive.
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