INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The operators of Indiana's largest wind farm have proposed changing the nighttime operations of the farm's 300-plus wind turbines to protect the federally endangered Indiana bat from being killed by their spinning blades.
Two Indiana bats have been found dead since 2009 near wind turbines at northwestern Indiana's Fowler Ridge Wind Farm. That means the farm's operators had to devise steps to protect the mouse-sized species to avoid possible penalties under the Endangered Species Act.
A conservation plan now pending before the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service along with a permit application proposes changes that would leave the turbines' blades more inactive at night and less dangerous to migrating bats during their 2½-month fall migration season.
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