The Florida bonneted bat. Photo courtesy Kathleen Smith, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) - The largest, rarest bat in Florida could soon become an endangered species.
The Center for Biological Diversity in St. Petersburg reported Wednesday that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing Endangered Species Act protection for the Florida bonneted bat.
Fewer than 300 of the bats are believed to be in the wild. They were once common in South Florida but have been spotted in only 12 central and South Florida locations.