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One of the smallest species native to North America needs your help.
Tricolored bats, named for their distinctive yellow-brown hair, are on the brink of extinction. White-nose syndrome, a fungal disease, is decimating the species at unprecedented rates.1
In light of this, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has proposed listing the tricolored bat as endangered. This is critical to ensuring tricolored bats receive the additional federal protections they need to survive.
Sign onto our petition in support of listing tricolored bats as an endangered species.
White-nose syndrome was first identified in bats in America in 2006. Since then, the disease has wiped out approximately 90% of tricolored bats.2
This is not just devastating for tricolored bats themselves, but also for the greater environment. Tricolored bats play an important role in maintaining a healthy ecosystem. They contribute to natural pest control and are important to agriculture.3
Federal protections are urgently needed. Protections under the Endangered Species Act will ensure more resources are dedicated to getting white-nose syndrome under control and give tricolored bats a chance to bounce back.
FWS is currently accepting public input on its proposal to list tricolored bats as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. It is legally obligated to review and consider all comments in its decision making. By speaking up today, you can help build the necessary support to protect these tiny bats.
1. John Flesher, "Fungal outbreak threatens tricolored bat with extinction," AP News, September 13, 2022.
2. John Flesher, "Fungal outbreak threatens tricolored bat with extinction," AP News, September 13, 2022.
3. Anna Walker, "Managing Forests to Conserve Bat Populations Affected by White-Nose Syndrome," USDA Southern Research Center, August 24, 2016.