- Associated Press - Saturday, June 13, 2015

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - Baby bats have brought one element of the ongoing widening of Interstate 65 to a halt.

The presence of northern long-eared bat pups means workers widening I-65 between Bowling Green and Elizabethtown won’t be able to clear trees from the right of way for the project until August, The Bowling Green Daily News reports (https://bit.ly/1GBssOV ).

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Chris Jessie said the tree-cutting postponement is not expected to delay the road work.

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website, the bat was listed as a threatened species in April.

Lee Andrews, a state supervisor for the wildlife agency, said removing trees serving as habitat for the northern long-eared bat is allowed for transportation projects - but not in June or July, when the pups are in trees.

The rule is in place across the state, he said.

“It’s a new rule, so everybody’s trying to figure out how to deal with it,” Andrews said.

Though northern long-eared bats hibernate in caves and mines during the winter, they roost underneath bark or in cavities and crevices of trees in the summer, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website. Females typically give birth between late May and late July.

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Information from: Daily News, https://www.bgdailynews.com

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