Caves Closing to Protect Bats

Monongahela National Forest officials have issued an emergency, year-round closure to public entry to six caves to try and prevent the spread of a deadly disease that affects bats.

Little understood white-nosed syndrome has been endangering the bat populations of the caves. The cause of the illness, how it is spread and its cure are unknown.

The closed caves are: Cave Hollow, Arbogast Cave, Peacock Cave, Big Springs Cave, Cave Mountain and Two Lick Run Cave.


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