US Forest Service closes numerous caves closed due to bat fungus

July 29th, 2010 - 2:00 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Cheyenne, July 28 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Cave explorers in the United States might need to get another hobby for now, because the United States Forest Service has announced that it has barred entry into all caves that are located in Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota.

The Forest Service announced the ban after an outbreak of the white nose syndrome that has already claimed the lives of almost one million bats in the eastern and southern United States. Authorities say the syndrome is spreading west and they will not want the human cavers to be the carrier agents for the syndrome.

But as expected, thousands of professional and amateur cavers are angry at the ban. They describe the ban as prohibition to what they love to do. But authorities maintain the move is necessary to prevent humans from spreading the disease unknowingly.

However the agency admits that the ban will be very difficult to enforce due to the number of caves that are located in the banned places. They however appealed to cavers to sacrifice what they love for the sake of the bats.

The agency however said they are working on finding the caves that do not contain bats and they will allow cavers to explore those caves because according to the agency, 100 percent ban is not possible.

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