Upon recommendation from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Governor Paul LePage signed a bill into law today listing three bat species under the Maine Endangered Species Act.  The little brown bat and northern long-eared bat were listed as endangered, and the eastern small-footed bat was listed as threatened.  

In addition, the six-whorl vertigo (a terrestrial snail), the cobblestone tiger beetle ("handsome, active insects that make their living running down smaller insect prey on the ground," according to Maine IF&W) and the frigga fritillary (an arctic butterfly) were listed as endangered.

The listings will take effect 90 days after the end of the legislative session.