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Kansas Officials Concerned about Long-Eared Bat Listing

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Developers and local officials are concerned about how a pending federal decision on the status of a small bat could affect construction projects in eastern Kansas.  The U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife is expected to decide in April whether the northern long-eared bat should be listed as an endangered or threatened species.  The Wichita Eagle reports Kansas is on the periphery of the bat's range. But last week, Wichita city engineer Gary Janzen told the city council not to delay any decisions on an interchange project for too long because the decision on the bat could affect tree removal at the site.  The bat lives mostly in the eastern U.S. but 66 Kansas counties could be affected if the animal is listed.
 

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