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Eastern Iowa Caves to reopen with program on bats

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MAQUOKETA (KWWL) -

The caves at Maquoketa Park are expected to open soon, but visitors must attend an educational program to help protect the bats that live there.

In 2010, the caves closed to slow the spread of a fatal fungus called white nose syndrome. This fungus spreads from bat to bat, but officials closed the park's caves because of concerns that it might be spread by footwear and clothing.

According to the Quad-City Times in Davenport, when the caves reopen visitors will be required to attend a short program on the risks of the fungus and the possibility of transmitting it.

There will be a grand opening for the caves on April 14. Friends of Maquoketa Caves and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will host the opening. They will also offer the awareness program at that time.

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