Replacement of the Ford Road bridge over Eagle Creek could be delayed for a year if engineers discover an endangered species of bat is nesting in any of 30 trees that will have to be cut down for the project.
The Indiana bat (myotis sodalis) nests under the loose bark of dead and dying trees near rivers and streams, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The bat was declared endangered in 1967. An estimated 226,365 bats, or 42 percent of the total population, were nesting in Indiana as of winter 2013, the Fish and Wildlife Service said.
For more of the story, see Tuesday's Lebanon Reporter.