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All Caves Closing To Public In Hoosier National Forest

Last updated on Tuesday, April 28, 2009

(BEDFORD) - If you enjoy exploring caves, you will have to find ones that are not part of the Hoosier National Forest.

A fungus called "white nose syndrome," which is killing off bats by the hundreds of thousands, is causing the us forestry service to close off all caves in the service's 20-state eastern region, including Indiana.

Forestry Service officials say almost a half-million bats have died from this fungus, including around 25,000 here in Indiana where bats are already endangered.

Caves within the Hoosier National Forest will remain closed for the next 12 months, as scientists study the phenomenon.

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