- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas’ four members of the U.S. House of Representatives say they’re pleased with a decision to extend the comment period on a proposal to list the Northern Long-Eared Bat as an endangered species.

Republican Reps. Rick Crawford; Tim Griffin; Steve Womack; and Tom Cotton issued a statement Tuesday after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided to extend the comment period for six months.

The statement from the delegation says the four are pleased to learn the comment period is being extended. The four say that classifying the bat as an endangered species could negatively impact Arkansas industries.

The four previously said such a listing would eliminate forest harvesting in Arkansas from April through November and could negatively affect farming, energy development, and manufacturing in Arkansas.

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