Officials at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore are planning to keep an eye out for bats during efforts to deal with potentially hazardous trees.
National Park Service officials are reworking their hazard tree management plan to allow them to take down more diseased trees before they become dangerous to visitors at the popular northern Lower Peninsula attraction along Lake Michigan.
The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports that from March or April to October they'll be mindful of the endangered Indiana bat. The bats like to roost in large trees with peeling bark and many crannies, and that could include diseased and dying trees.
Both the Indiana bat and the northern long-eared bat, which is on a proposed list of endangered species, can be found in the area.