Thune Blasts Long-Eared Bat ESA Listing at EPW Committee Hearing
“…Once again we have a federal agency that is throwing aside common sense and listening to special interest groups that based on their actions, do not have the best interests of the people of this country in mind.”
WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) today at a hearing before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) sharply criticized the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) misguided decision to address the decline of the northern long-eared bat population by listing the bat as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Although not a member of the EPW Committee, Thune was invited to speak at today’s hearing by the committee chairman to point out that the northern long-eared bat’s declining population is due to disease, not loss of habitat, and to express his strong opposition to the FWS action.