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Tiny bats put kibosh on power line tree-cutting for 2 months

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Tree-cutting on a key stretch of a $1 billion hydropower project in western Maine is going to stop as almost as soon as it started to protect the newly born young of a federally protected bat. The New England Clean Energy Connect has only two weeks to get started on tree clearing for a new power line after a federal appeals court gave the green light last week. But tree removal will have to stop in June and July when the pups of northern long-eared bats are born and cannot yet fly. The bats live in trees instead of caves and have been hard-hit by white nose syndrome.