Townsends' Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus townsendii)

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This bat of western North America is distinguished by its facial folds and large ears. Roosting in caves, mines, forests, and structures typically below 9,500 feet in elevation, this bat is a species of conservation concern because of the closures of caves and mines that it may use for roosting. This bat is usually solitary or in small groups, exept when large groups of females are raising pups (maternity colonies). They mainly feed on moths, but will eat beetles, flies, and wasps. Interestingly, this bat will emit its echolocation calls through its nose instead of its mouth.