Protect the Florida Bonneted Bat

Target: Rick Scott, Governor of Florida

Goal: Designate roosts for the Florida bonneted bat.

The Florida bonneted bat has a very small natural range, and urban development is destroying it. There’s estimated to be only a few hundred of these bats left in the wild, but no one knows for sure. One way to help reestablish the Florida bonneted bat is to designate roosting areas for them and protect these areas until their population can rebound naturally.

They’ve been given a bad rap by horror movies and popular culture, but bats actually try their best to avoid humans, not to harm us. Bats perform a vital function in our ecosystem by eating insects that would otherwise overrun urban areas and spread disease. This is just one reason why we can not let the Florida bonneted bat slip away into extinction. As more and more of their habitat is destroyed, they’re forced into fewer and fewer nesting sites. These bats don’t live in huge colonies like some other species do, so every single roost counts. They only live in a small area of southern Florida, where tropical storms are yet another very real threat.

Because the bonneted bat doesn’t have a very high rate of reproduction, they need safe spaces to raise the few young they are able to give birth to. Protected roosts would provide this, while also keeping the current bonneted bat population safe. Their population is so small that it’s difficult for estimates to be made, so we need to take action now before it’s too late for the bonneted bat. Sign the petition to urge Florida governor Rick Scott to take the necessary steps in order to protect this endangered species.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Scott,

The Florida bonneted bat needs your help. Its range is incredibly small and they are in danger of extinction. Bats are an important part of the environment and should be protected if at all possible. They were thought to be extinct in the 1980s and even now, they’re considered one of the most critically endangered mammals in the United States. Climate change is likely to make the Florida bonneted bat even rarer.

One simple way to save this endangered species is to create designated roosting spots for them. These would provide a safe place to live, sleep, and raise their offspring. So much of their habitat has been encroached on by humans, the least we could do is give them back some small areas in order to save their species. If no action is taken to save these vulnerable creatures, the Florida bonneted bat is likely to disappear from the face of the Earth sooner rather than later.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Gary Morse

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