Regional Forester Dan Jiron recently extended an order that bars entering caves or abandoned mines on national forests and grasslands in Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas.
The Forest Service says the closure is necessary to protect bat species and habitat from the spread of White-nose Syndrome. Experts estimate that the fungal disease has killed more than 5 million bats in the eastern U.S. and Canada. They say it's continuing to spread west.
Source: Huffington Post