A recent online publication reveals that a new lake plan for a reservoir in Anderson, Indiana, on the White River, might not be approved due to the possible presence of a common endangered Indiana bat species. Mounds Lake is a new proposed reservoir that would extend seven miles from a dam Anderson, IN. Although it is said that this new reservoir will create a bounteous natural habitat for Indiana bats and wildlife alike, it would take several years for trees to mature and actually render such habitations for endangered bats.
This is why Ball State University biologist, Jim Carter, suggests the lake plan be formally reviewed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service before any further steps are made. During warmer seasons, Indiana bats use mature trees for maternity colonies, nesting, and protection. While the proposed plan might provide more habitat for these bats, it would take too long for endangered bats to benefit from the extension.
The Mounds Lake project is estimated to cost nearly 450 million dollars. Additional anticipated benefits from this lake plan includes improved flood control, creation of water-front real estate housing, and economic growth and development in the city of Anderson. What’s your take on all this?
It is important to protect all bat species in Indiana, not just the endangered ones. If you find a bat on your property, please do not attempt to trap, kill, or harm it. Instead, contact a local Indianapolis Bat Removal and Control service for safe and humane assistance. They retain the proper licensing, tools, and training to safely and humanely extract bats from in or around a property, and relocate them to a safe, faraway habitat, or to wildlife rescue organization.
“Endangered Bats Could Threaten Indiana Lake Plan.” Indianapolis Business Journal. 10 Nov 2014. Online. Internet Explorer. 13 Nov 2014.
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