More Than 100 Endangered Bats Killed In Eastern Kentucky Cave

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OLIVE HILL, Ky. (AP) - More than 100 federally endangered Indiana bats were found dead at Carter Caves State Resort Park in eastern Kentucky.

State and federal wildlife authorities say vandals went into a cave at Carter Caves State Resort Park near Olive Hill and hit hibernating bats with rocks on two different occasions in late October. Some bats were crushed, while others died after falling into a stream.

Authorities believe the first incident occurred between October 21st and 24th, while the second incident was reported October 27th and may have happened the previous night.

Violations of the Endangered Species Act can result in a maximum penalty of a $100 thousand fine and a year in prison.

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