SWANTON, Md. (AP) — A state Department of Natural Resources biologist is casting doubt on a claim that substantial numbers of federally endangered bats are threatened by a Constellation Energy wind farm in western Maryland.

Opponents are suing to block the startup of what would be Maryland’s first industrial wind-power project.

They claim in a federal lawsuit that a “robust population” of Indiana bats hibernates in a cave about 13 miles from the 28-turbine project.

But biologist Dan Feller told the Cumberland Times-News Monday there has been no substantiated record of Indiana bats in that cave or in another, about 10 miles away, for a long time.

He says most of the hibernating bats are believed to be little brown bats.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (4)
  1. Michael says:

    And I guess it’s OK to kill the little brown ones?

  2. Rod says:

    The little brown ones better learn to duck

  3. Terry says:

    Have you ever tried to swat a bat? The radar they use will certainly see those big turbine blades. Let’s not get too carried away here, I suspect they will do just fine.

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