Putting the safety of an endangered species ahead of dark and sometimes muddy fun, officials have canceled the annual Crawlathon this weekend at Carter Caves State Resort Park.
The goal is to prevent spread of a little-understood disease called white-nose syndrome. It is thought to have killed thousands of hibernating bats since it was discovered in New York in February 2007. It has since been found in five other states.
The disease has not been seen in Kentucky bats. But the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service advised state officials that allowing a lot of people into caves in the park could raise the risk of spreading it here.