Caves Closed in Mark Twain National Forest Until 2016!

Overlooking Big Piney River

Photo by Gary Schmidgall

Missouri’s Mark Twain National Forest is hoping to protect it’s resident from White-nose syndrome by keeping caves closed until at least 2016.

The more than 600 caves, which first closed in 2009, are home to 14 species of bats. Some of which are already on the endangered species list.

Closing caves allows bats to hibernate undisturbed and gives scientists more time to study the causes of White Nose Syndrome, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Caves closed to public in Mark Twain National Forest [KFVS12 News]

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