published Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Video: Heading off white-nose fear

  • Heading off white-nose fear
    In the near-midnight darkness of the Cherokee National Forest, Dr. Joy O'Keefe and three research technicians sit around a table in the middle of a fire road, waiting for bats.
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dabigorange said...

In response to the spread of white-nose syndrome, the Forest Service has closed all caves on Federal lands as well as make the "recommendation" that all states in this region follow suit as well (insofar as closing caves on state-owned lands).

One proposed vector of infection is that cavers are spreading the disease via their equipment; i.e. a caver goes into cave A, which has a white-nose infestation, and then goes into cave B at a later time, thereby introducing the spores to a new cave ecosystem.

However, after several years, this has yet to be proven in a single case. All that has been done is that caves are closed and government grant money is being handed out to those with a vested interest in seeing a long-term "epidemic".

Now raise your hand if you think those caves will ever be open to the public again....

June 24, 2010 at 4:05 p.m.
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