Virginia Big-Eared Bat

by Kyle Riggs


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

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.

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.