Post by Taylor on Apr 1, 2006 2:41:49 GMT -5
Caves will be going to the bats
Rocky Mountain News
March 30, 2006
BOULDER - Humans had six months to enjoy Mallory and Harmon caves in the shadow of the Flatirons. Now it's the bats' turn.
From Saturday (April 1) through Oct. 1, the two popular caves will be closed to people to protect Townsend's big eared bats.
Boulder's Open Space and Mountain Parks Department also will close the east face of the Der Zerkle rock formation to protect Fringed Myotis bats - from Saturday (April 1) until Sept. 1.
Bat pups suffer high mortality rates even under ideal conditions. The closings will ensure that the roosting sites are undisturbed.www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/local/article/0