Vermont’s secretary of Natural Resources is being urged to add two species of bats to the state’s endangered species list.
The Endangered Species Committee has recommended that little brown bats and northern long-eared bats be added to the list because their populations have been decimated by white nose syndrome. Being on the list will help protect the once-common species.
Experts say the population of little brown bats has declined 75 percent and some surveys failed to find any northern long-eared bats.
The mysterious white nose syndrome began decimating bat populations in Vermont and the Northeast five years ago.