Virginia Big-Eared Bat

by Kyle Riggs

Summary

The scientific name is Corynorhinus townsendii virginianus, and they are commonly found in Northwestern North Carolina.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_big-eared_bat#Conservation_status

Cause of Endangerment

Human disturbance during hibernation causes bats to lose stored fat reserves, and repeated disturbance can cause the bats to die before spring.


http://biology.eku.edu/bats/vabigearbat.htm

Response to Endangerment

Caves that are preferred by the bats are closed to the public, in order to prevent human disturbance, and colonies are monitored for population surveys.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_big-eared_bat