They get it from each other,” said Susan Gallo, a wildlife biologist for the Falmouth-based Maine Audubon Society. “They’ve totally crashed. We don’t have huge bat populations in Maine, but … we’ve had places where we’d seen 200 to 300 to 600 bats now down to just a dozen. In some places, those northern long ears are gone. In some places, they’re not showing up at all.”
Individuals can submit written comments about the classification changes by Aug. 15 to Becky Orff, Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, 284 State St., 41 State House Station, Augusta, Maine, 04333, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.