Long-Eared Bat Ruling A Boon For At-Risk Species

By Juan Carlos Rodriguez (January 30, 2020, 9:24 PM EST) -- Green groups were handed new ammunition to challenge some of the federal government's past Endangered Species Act designations after a judge said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service made both procedural and substantive mistakes in how it protected the northern long-eared bat.

The service in 2015 decided to list the bat as a threatened species throughout all of its 37-state range rather than endangered, a status that carries more protections. But U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan on Tuesday said the FWS misinterpreted the ESA and failed to do a more thorough analysis that could have resulted in the bat being declared endangered...

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