Today, the USFWS proposes to protect the tricolored bat as an Endangered species.

a tricolored bat in flight
Tricolored bat in flight. Photo by J. Scott Altenbach.

Statement by Dr. Winifred Frick, Chief Scientist of Bat Conservation International on the Proposed Policy Decision for Tricolored bats

“Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) proposes to protect the tricolored bat (Perimyotis subflavus) as an Endangered species. Bat Conservation International (BCI) fully supports using the full power of the Endangered Species Act to protect the tricolored bat. Listing this bat as Endangered is critically needed.

The tricolored bat was once common throughout the eastern United States but has lost more than 90% of the known population from the disease White-nose Syndrome. 

BCI was part of the team working with the North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat) to provide the USFWS with the critical data needed to assess the status of the species and inform the decision. 

Protection under the Endangered Species Act is the wake-up call that galvanizes our focus on the conservation actions needed to save and recover this species. Only by working together will we save this species from extinction.”