Forbes State Forest

White-Nose Confirmed, But Caves Open

Two caves in Forbes State Forest that were gated in 2006 due to White-nose syndrome will be open for caving once again. Researches from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources have determined that they are safe for people and the impact on bats will be negligible.

Because WNS was been confirmed in both Coon and Barton Caves, it has been determined that there is no reason to continue to keep them closed. The infected bats have died off and the disease is not a threat to people.

Coon cave has already been opened, and Barton Cave is expected to re-open soon.

White-nose confirmed, but bat caves reopened to public [Post-Gazette.com]

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