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Endangered Bats Killed
While Hibernating In Cave

May 27, 2005

Buffalo National RiverBuffalo National River, AR - Cave Mountain Cave, located in the Boxley area of the park, was opened on May 15th to visitors after being closed for the winter for the protection of the hibernating bats within.

While exploring the cave, one of the first groups to enter discovered dead bats scattered on the floor of the cave and reported their finding to the park geologist. Rangers and resource specialists began an investigation and determined that upwards of 200 bats had been killed by a firearm. It appears that someone entered the cave sometime during the winter months while the bats were hibernating in large clusters, making them easy targets on the cave ceiling.

Special agents of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have also been notified and are assisting in the investigation. A $1,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons involved.


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