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State delegation concerned over bat designation

By The Associated Press

This article was published June 11, 2014 at 3:54 p.m.

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas' four members of the U.S. House of Representatives have written to the Secretary of the Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service about their concerns with a proposal to classify the Northern Long-Eared bat as an endangered species.

Congressmen Rick Crawford, Tim Griffin, Steve Womack, and Tom Cotton say they sent the letter Wednesday to Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe.

The letter from the four Republicans says they are troubled because listing the bat as endangered would eliminate forest harvesting in Arkansas from April through November. The four also say the listing could negatively affect farming, energy development, and manufacturing in Arkansas.

The letter asks for a six-month extension of the comment period to further consider scientific data.


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txjohns says... June 11, 2014 at 5:37 p.m.

What??? Those bats ARE endangered!!! Politicians can not determine whether or not a species is endangered. Just the very idea that any one of these men consider themselves scientifically educated enough to trump ACTUAL scientists shows a complete misunderstanding of their own ignorance and the damage that losing this bat will incur. Making it to this dreaded list isn't something that occurred overnight. I've been warning my students of the precarious situation we have caused these bats by not educating the public of the folly of firing shotguns into caves during the wintertime (thus, potentially losing an entire population by disturbing their hibernation) for over a decade. Now that they've reached this low stage we have politicians who want to act even more foolishly than the people who put them in the endangered category?

And just when I thought nothing these guys did could shock me further...

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djigoo says... June 11, 2014 at 5:46 p.m.

Didn't you hear, txjohns? Science has been determined to be nothing more than a socialist, liberal plot.

Smart people hate America. Idiots are our future! I heard it on FOX.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... June 11, 2014 at 5:56 p.m.

Bees too !!!

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TheBatt says... June 11, 2014 at 11:43 p.m.

Science? Our government threw any reliance on "science" out the window some time ago.

There are significant legitimate questions about whether these bats are truly "endangered", as well as many unanswered questions about why their numbers appear to be low. The USFW has grown very powerful in the last couple of decades, and have been flexing that muscle in what can only be deemed as unconstitutional ways. They are just another part of the massive power grab in Washington DC that started decades ago, and has reached a fevered pitch under the current administration.

Further - at what point do we harm mankind for the sake of an animal that might not even be declining due to human activity?

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