Cuyahoga Valley Finds Endangered Bat

BRECKSVILLE, Ohio (AP) - A bat considered to be endangered has been found within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

The park, between Cleveland and Akron, said Tuesday a male Indiana bat was found.

John Debo, park superintendent, said the discovery "is another sign of the importance of our parks to provide critical habitat for threatened and endangered species."

The lone bat was caught in late June in a net in Cleveland Metroparks' Brecksville Reservation by researchers for the National Park Service and Cleveland Metroparks. The reservation is within the boundaries of the national park.

The researchers are involved in a two-year study of bats. Park officials hope to find summer roosting sites, and the research team is looking at 40 to 50 potential bat sites to be surveyed.

Debo said the presence of the Indiana bat will require some minor adjustments in park management. The biggest change will be not cutting down trees in the park from April 15 to Sept. 15, when the bats might be using them to nest, said park biologist Meg Plona.

The Indiana bat is one of 13 bat species in Ohio and has been confirmed as summering in 27 Ohio counties.

The Indiana bat, also known as mouse-eared bat, is less than two inches in length with a dull grey or chestnut fur. Its underside is pink. It can live as long as 20 years.

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