The little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus) was a common species in BCR 14 but its populations are quickly declining throughout the region. These bats use caves or mines for hibernation and buildings for maternity areas. Their primary summer roost sites are in buildings. This bat is listed as a Species of Greatest Conservation Need in one or more states in BCR 14.

If your project is in BCR 14, you are in a state where these bats occur. Contact your state wildlife agency before implementing a project. Individual state regulations may apply.

Habitat Needs

The primary habitat for this species for hibernation, maternity and summer roosting are caves, mines and buildings. These bats will feed over a variety of forest types and over water bodies.

Habitat Management Practices

Protect known cave or mine hibernation sites and preserve roosting sites in buildings. The placement of bat houses in areas known to be frequented by these bats may also help.

Silvicultural Practices

Standard recommended silvicultural practices for each forest type should suffice. 

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