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In Bow to Industry Over Science, Feds Backpedal on Protecting Imperiled Bat


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In Bow to Industry Over Science, Feds Backpedal on Protecting Imperiled Bat

WASHINGTON - Despite a greater than 90 percent drop in northern long-eared bat numbers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today reversed course and protected the bat as threatened rather than endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Under intense pressure from industry and conservative politicians opposed to the bat’s protection, the Service also issued a special rule specifically allowing many activities harmful to the bat, including logging, oil and gas drilling and mining.

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