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Petition to list Eastern small-footed bat and Northern long-eared bat as endangered

Petition to list Eastern small-footed bat and Northern long-eared bat as endangered

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The two bats, which have been found in Connecticut, are among 757 in the settlement between the Center for Biological Diversity and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, making them eligible for protection under the Endangered Species Act.
The two bats, which have been found in Connecticut, are among 757 in the settlement between the Center for Biological Diversity and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, making them eligible for protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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PETITION TO LIST THE EASTERN-SMALL FOOTEDBAT
 MYOTIS LEIBII 
AND NORTHERN LONG-EAREDBAT
 MYOTIS SEPTENTRIONALIS
 
AS THREATENED ORENDANGERED UNDER THE ENDANGERED SPECIESACT
 
Eastern small-footed bat
 Myotis leibii
© Roger W. Barbour Collection, Camden-Carroll Library, Morehead State University
 
Northern long-eared bat
 Myotis septentrionalis
Photo credit: J. Scott Altenbach(used with permission)
 
NOTICE OF PETITION
 
Kenneth Salazar Secretary of the Interior 18th and "C" Street, N.W.Washington, D.C. 20240Mollie MattesonCenter for Biological DiversityP.O. Box 188 Richmond, VT ph. (802) 434.2388fax (802) 329.2075mmatteson@biologicaldiversity.org ________________________ January 21, 2010Dear Secretary Salazar:Pursuant to Section 4(b) of the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”), 16 U.S.C. §1533(b),Section 553(3) of the Administrative Procedures Act, 5 U.S.C. § 553(e), and 50 C.F.R.§424.14(a),
 
the Center for Biological Diversity hereby formally petitions the Secretary of the Interior to list the eastern small-footed bat
 Myotis leibii
and northern long-eared bat
 Myotis septentrionalis
as Threatened or Endangered species and to designate criticalhabitat concurrent with listing.This petition sets in motion a specific process, placing definite response requirements onthe Secretary and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) by delegation.Specifically, USFWS must issue an initial finding as to whether the petition “presentssubstantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be warranted.” 16 U.S.C. §1533(b)(3)(A). USFWS must make this initial finding “[t]othe maximum extent practicable, within 90 days after receiving the petition.”
 Id.
Petitioners need not demonstrate that listing
is
warranted, rather, petitioners must only present information demonstrating that such listing
may
 be warranted. While petitioners believe that the best available science demonstrates that listing the eastern small-footedand northern long-eared bats as endangered
is
in fact warranted, there can be noreasonable dispute that the available information indicates that listing these species aseither threatened or endangered
may
 be warranted. As such, USFWS must promptlymake an initial finding on the petition and commence a status review as required by 16U.S.C. § 1533(b)(3)(B).
 
PETITIONER:The Center for Biological Diversity
is a nonprofit conservation organization with255,000 members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangeredspecies and wild places. http://www.biologicaldiversity.org
CBD Petition to List Myotis leibii and Myotis septentrionalis
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TABLE OF CONTENTSI. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
CBD Petition to List Myotis leibii and Myotis septentrionalis
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