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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Icebox off limits

Posted By on Sat, Apr 3, 2010 at 9:34 AM

We wrote recently about the closing of caves on public property in Arkansas to slow the spread of the deadly white nose fungus that has killed up to 2 million bats in the Northeast and south along the Appalachians. Add three more caves to the list of closings: the Devil's Den and the Devil's Icebox, popular tourist hikes in Devil's Den State Park near Winslow, and the War Eagle Cave at Withrow Springs State Park near Huntsville. Story here (subscription required).

Closing the caves to human traffic is hoped to slow the spread of the disease by keeping out spores that may have hitched a ride on shoes and caving equipment used in infected caves. Biologists fear the fungus threatens endangered species with extinction.

The fungus has spread from New York to a cave in middle Tennessee in four years.



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