DURHAM, Ark. - The absence of any endangered species in a cave on the site of a quarry planned by Washington County officials means neighbors who oppose the quarry won't be able to cite unusual wildlife as a reason not to begin digging up limestone at the site.
Representatives of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service field office at Conway on Wednesday visited the cave on the site near this community in eastern Washington County and found no endangered species, County Judge Jerry Hunton said.
"They found no sign of anything," Hunton said. "The only thing they asked us to do is to cover the hole of the cave so that the bats can't go back in and they can find another home."