- Associated Press - Sunday, June 14, 2015
Baby bats take bite out of I-65 project

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/1GBssOVhttps://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.


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