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There are several levels of wildlife that are in danger of extinction. We utilize the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) scale for reference. Those levels and their symbols are:
The Indiana Bat is a very misunderstood, but extremely important part of our ecosystems here in the area. This small bats eat mosquitoes, flies, and other flying insects, which helps to control the populations of pests.
Most bats, including these little creatures, are known for their use of echo location to help them find insects during the night hours that they are commonly seen in. Contrary to popular belief, bats are not blind at all. It is just hard to see at night!
Protecting these beautiful creatures is a major concern for conservationists and anyone who is studying and/or working with wildlife. They are dying at a very rapid rate due to disease and habitat destruction. They are often found in heavily wooded areas, but the removal of these ecosystems has caused them to start having serious issues. The other, most destructive issue, is White Nose Syndrome.
White Nose Syndrome is a bacterial infection that affects bats throughout the Eastern US. It shows as a white spot on the nose of infected bats.
Unfortunately, this bacteria does not currently have a cure and is rapidly moving around the country. It is usually transmitted through the guano (bat feces) of infected animals.
Cave visitors can track the bacteria into other cave systems and can kill bats in new caves because of this.
Always clean your shoes each time you enter a cave. National Parks such as Mammoth Caves have started having all cave visitors walk through a solution that has been shown to help reduce the transmission of the bacteria to new caves.
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