Baby bats take bite out of I-65 project

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Baby bats have brought one element of the ongoing widening of Interstate 65 to a halt.

The Bowling Green Daily News reports the presence of northern long-eared bat pups means workers widening I-65 between Bowling Green and Elizabethtown won’t be able to clear trees from the right of way for the project until August.

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website, the bat was listed as a threatened species in April.

Lee Andrews, a state supervisor for the wildlife agency, says removing trees serving as habitat for the northern long-eared bat is allowed for transportation projects – but not in June or July, when the pups are in trees.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Chris Jessie says the tree-cutting postponement is not expected to delay the road work.

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