LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - The Daniel Boone National Forest is
included in an order that's been renewed closing all caves and
abandoned mines on federal forest land in the southeastern United
The Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/LHja3z ) says the
order is intended to slow the spread of white-nose syndrome, named
for a white fungus that forms on hibernating bats.
The U.S. Forest Service announced Wednesday that caves and
abandoned mines on forest land in 13 states will remain closed
unless signs are posted saying they're open. Under the order,
people may enter caves and mines only for rescue efforts and
activities authorized by the forest service.
White-nose syndrome was discovered in New York in 2006. A U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service map indicates it has been confirmed in
Wayne, Trigg and Breckinridge counties in Kentucky.