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     November 14, 2018      #61-318 PB1
Two brown bats cling to the wall just inside the entrance to Mystery Cave in Forestville State Park. A fungus linked to white-nose syndrome was found in the park in 2015. The syndrome killed hundreds of bats at Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park.

Jennifer Simonson, MPR

How to help hibernating bats defeat fungal

By John Molseed

Researchers will be keeping an eye on Southeast Minnesota caves this winter.

Bat populations that are being ravaged by a fungal disease spend much of the winter hibernating in area caves. The disease, called white nose syndrome, has killed hundreds, likely thousands, of Minnesota bats.

Bats hibernate at Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park and Crystal Cave in Spring Valley. The number of bats that hibernated at Mystery Cave was down 70 percent last winter, said Andrew Herberg, a mammalogist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. At Crystal ...

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Andrew Herberg, mammalogist, sets up a net during a bat survey on June 28 at Beaver Creek Valley State Park near Caledonia.

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John Molseed