Center for Biological Diversity

For Immediate Release, September 27, 2023


Noah Greenwald, (503) 484-7495,

President Biden Vetoes Bills Stripping Two Endangered Species of Protections

Northern Long-Eared Bats, Lesser Prairie Chickens Saved for Now

WASHINGTON— President Biden vetoed bills Tuesday that would have stripped protections from two critically endangered species, the northern long-eared bat and lesser prairie chicken.

“It’s disturbing that congressional Republicans pushed so hard to annihilate bats that eat millions of insects a year, as well as lesser prairie chickens and their elaborate breeding dances,” said Noah Greenwald, endangered species director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “President Biden did the right thing here. He could do even more by signing an executive order to stop the extinction crisis that threatens to undermine the web of life we all depend on.”

The bat has been devastated by an introduced fungal pathogen that causes the disease known as white-nose syndrome, which has killed millions of bats and spread across the country since 2006. The lesser prairie chicken’s grassland habitats on the Southern Plains have disappeared under plows and oil derricks.

Lesser prairie chicken. Credit: USFWS. Image is available for media use.
Northern long-eared bat. Credit: Al Hicks / USFWS. Image is available for media use.

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