Minnesota’s Bat Species Now On The Endangered Animal List?
It was announced earlier today that according to bringmethenews.com The United States Fish and Wildlife Service released a proposal this month to “list the tricolored bat as endangered under the Endangered Species Act — the proposal comes after an extensive review determined tricolored bat colonies have declined more than 90%.”
While the number seems to be really high, some people may think “why does this matter? They are just bats.” Bring Me The News has a statement from Melissa Boman, a mammal specialist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Boman states that “bats commonly eat beetles and other eat tree-boring insects, which improves forest health. They also provide a vital ecological service for agricultural landscapes when they feed on crop pests.” So while bats don’t affect humans directly In our day-to-day lives, they are just as important as bees being endangered.
Bring Me The News explains that The decline of bats is mainly driven by white-nose syndrome; “a fungal disease that disrupts torpor during hibernation. Once awake, the bats are prone to starvation.” It was noted that in Minnesota, the disease is also troubling the population of little brown bats and northern long-eared bats.
Bomen did point out that while we do not know too much about bats, researchers and scientists are currently trying to understand them. It is noted by bringmethenews.com that “researchers are learning about language development, navigation and spacial memory in bats [that] could prove valuable to solving human diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.”
Bomen concluded that it’s hard to estimate how large the population of bats is in Minnesota and the population "will be hard to rebound because bats only reproduce with one pup each year."
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