WHEREAS, the Indiana bat, Myotis sodalis, is on the official list of rare and endangered Fish and Wildlife of the United States, prepared by the Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service; and
WHEREAS, the Bat Cave in Carter Caves State Park, Kentucky, serves as winter quarters for a spectacular colony of these bats-a major portion of the species still extant; and
WHEREAS, these hibernating bats are helpless, and, having been so readily accessible to man, have long been subject to persecution and have presented a problem of serious concern to conservationists;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the American Society of Mammalogists strongly commends the Honorable Louie B. Nunn, Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Commissioner of Parks Robert E. Gable, Chief Park Naturalist Jim Butler, and John Franson, Central Midwest Representative for the National Audubon Society, for their efforts to protect the bats of Carter Caves State Park; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Society commends Governor Nunn for his general concern for the Wildlife resources of Kentucky and for his widely recognized efforts in behalf of conservation.