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4/1/2012 7:17:00 AM
Indiana bat dictates I-69 work schedule
The Indiana bat. Photo by Rich Fields, Indiana DNR
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The Indiana bat. Photo by Rich Fields, Indiana DNR

Dawn Hewitt, Herald-Times

All trees greater than 3 inches in diameter that must come down for construction of I-69 must have been cut by now. Those that weren’t will have to wait until October to be felled — because of a bat.

Female Indiana bats, a species on the federal endangered species list, give birth to their pups under loose bark on big trees between April 1 and Sept. 30.

This time of year, female bats form maternity colonies — about 100 bats each — under the loose bark of old trees, said Lori Pruitt, the endangered species coordinator for the state of Indiana for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, based in Bloomington.

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