The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is again taking comments on whether to add the northern long-eared bat to the endangered species list. Some groups are questioning estimates of the bat’s fragility.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says populations of the northern long-eared bat are dropping precipitously due to the deadly fungal disease white nose syndrome. It’s wiped out millions of bats in the eastern U.S. and was found to have spread to Wisconsin earlier this year.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will delay its decision on whether to list the northern long-eared bat as endangered. The decision was set to come in October, but the agency will wait six more months before making the final call.
Natural resource departments in Wisconsin and three other Midwestern states requested the delay.
A father-and-son who run a large Oneida county potato farm will pay 100-thousand dollars in restitution, for the poisoning deaths of two bald eagles and 70 other wild animals.
65-year-old Alvin Sowinski and his 46-year-old son Paul of Sugar Camp have made a plea deal on federal charges of illegal bald eagle possession. They'll have separate plea hearings on May 8th before Magistrate Stephen Crocker in Madison. U-S Attorney John Vaudreuil said wildlife poisoning cases are extremely rare. He has only prosecuted one-or-two of them in the last 30 years.