Sports and Outdoors

Monday, May 10, 2010

DNR’s caves to remain closed, for now

Indiana DNR Release:

The closure of caves on state properties that began in May 2009 remains in effect while the DNR assesses the appropriate length of time to keep them closed. These closures continue are a precaution against the uncontrolled spread of white-nosed syndrome (WNS).

WNS has now been found in at least 12 states, and continues to kill bats in record numbers but is not a threat to humans.

The lone DNR-owned exception to the closure is Twin Caves at Spring Mill State Park, a wet cave in which all visitors are transported in boats. Entry to other caves may be allowed in some circumstances by those issued scientific research permits by DNR.

Privately owned commercial caves in Indiana such as Squire Boone Caverns, Marengo Cave and Blue Springs Caverns remain open.

Hoosier National Forest, Illinois and Iowa announced cave closures beginning May 3 of this year, and Missouri announced its plans for cave closures on May 5 of this year.

For more on WNS, please see\batdisease.

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