Small mammals account for much of our mammal diversity, but there is much more we need to learn. Perhaps surprisingly, 22 of the 35 small mammal species are considered of Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) in the 2015 Vermont Wildlife Conservation Action Plan. For many of these, we lack enough information about their distribution and population trends.
There are five bat species listed as Threatened and Endangered in Vermont: Eastern Small-footed Bat – Threatened and Little Brown Bat, Northern Long-eared Bat, Indiana Bat, Tricolored Bat are Endangered. Two bats are Federally Listed (Northern Long-eared Bat – Threatened, Indiana Bat – Endangered).