Trail work to go on, despite presence of bats

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) -- Construction on a trail being built at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin can go forward despite the presence of the endangered Indiana bat in the area.

Franklin officials concluded after a $2,600 study that the bats may fly in and out of the park, but they aren't prone to hanging around.

In March, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service inspectors told Franklin that aerial surveys indicated the property's trees along the walking trail's route might also be used by the bats for a habitat, records show.

The Indiana bats have been on federally endangered species lists for decades. The bats emerge from hibernation to roost in trees during the summer.

Biologist Steve Samoray told The Tennessean that the area is a bat habitat, but not a roosting habitat.

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