Migration of gray bats causes Springfield cave to close

Monday, April 12, 2010 | 9:44 a.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD — Gray bats have begun their annual migration and that means the closing of the Fisher Cave in Springfield's Sequiota Park.

The gray bats, which are an endangered species, form summer colonies in warm caves with water or lakes nearby.

Last year, an estimated 3,000 to 5,000 bats formed three colonies within Fisher Cave.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that the cave is closed to the public because the summer colonies of gray bats are highly vulnerable to disturbance.


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