Department of the Interior formally petitioned to place “eastern small-footed” and “northern long-eared” bats on endangered species list.

Mollie Matteson of the Center for Biological Diversity formally petitioned Kenneth Salazar, Secretary of the Interior to list the eastern small-footed bat Myotis leibii and northern long-eared bat Myotis septentrionalis as Threatened or Endangered species and to designate critical habitat concurrent with listing.

The petition sets in motion a specific process, placing definite response requirements on the Secretary and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) by delegation.

The full text of the petition is here, for your convenience:

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