- The northern long-eared bat needs help.
Efforts are being made to find ways to help the bat, while not hurting the timber industry.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed protections for the bats, including adding it to the endangered species list.
Bats have been dying by the millions since the deadly white-nose syndrome was found in 2006.
But federal regulations could hurt the timber industry.
Loggers might not be able to cut trees where the bats live during a 30 to 45 day period in the summer.
Industry professionals think they could lose tens of billions of dollars annually if that happens.
The Fish and Wildlife Service is scheduled to announce a final decision on protection efforts in April.
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