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Bat Crisis: White-nose Syndrome
WCAX.com, June 23, 2010

Environmental group sues over bats
By Judy Simpson

An environmental group plans to sue the federal government over its response to white nose syndrome.

The Center for Biological Diversity says the feds did not act quickly to protect two types of bats hit hard by the disease.

The small-footed bat and Northern long-eared bat have been decimated by white nose. The environmental group says the bat species are on the fast track to extinction. And the government has been dragging its feet-- missing an April deadline to respond to the endangered species petition.

"Because of the dire situation these species are in that's all the more reason, not just in terms of the law but in terms of protecting these species and them and their ecosystems. We need to ramp up response and that has been painfully slow," said Mollie Matteson of the Center for Biological Diversity.

The Center for Biological Diversity says the endangered species status would bring more resources from the federal government to fight white nose syndrome.

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