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Endangered Bat Delays I-55 Project in Southeast Missouri

SEPTEMBER 20, 2006 - Posted at 11:27 a.m. CDT

 

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO - An endangered species of bat has stalled construction on a new interchange on Interstate 55 in southeast Missouri.

Indiana bats are living in trees around the site between Jackson and Cape Girardeau.  The Indiana bat is on the federal government's endangered species list.

Work was supposed to start on September 1, but it's been put on hold until October 2.  MoDot says the trees cant' be removed until the bats leave their summer home to hibernate in caves for the winter.

State biologist Bob Gillespie said the Indiana bat lives in larges trees with scaly bark in the summer to have their young.  By the end of September, they've moved to caves.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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