Gray Bat (Myotis grisescens)

By Ewa Robinson

Where in North Carolina?

The Gray Bat lives in the caves of western North Carolina

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Human Disturbance

Humans disturb bats while they are hibernating and even cause mothers to drop their young while fleeing

Habitat Loss or Degradation

Many important caves have been flooded or are in danger of flooding. The bats have difficulty finding new caves suitable for them

Cave Commercialization and Improper Gating

Commercialization drives the bats away. Bad gating alters the air flow, temperature, humidity, and light which can harm the habitat


The Gray Bat was added onto the U.S. List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants

Recovery Plan

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has developed a recovery plan that describes actions needed to help the bat survive

Habitat Protection

Many organizations are working to protect the bats and their caves