published Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Tennesseans try to save bats from deadly fungus

Volunteer Alfred Crabtree hands Pete Zervas an iron piece while constructing a bat gate at a cave in Montgomery County. The gates will have angled bars that let bats easily fly into the cave while keeping people out.(Photo: Mark Zaleski / The Tennessean)
Volunteer Alfred Crabtree hands Pete Zervas an iron piece while constructing a bat gate at a cave in Montgomery County. The gates will have angled bars that let bats easily fly into the cave while keeping people out.(Photo: Mark Zaleski / The Tennessean)
Photo by The Tennessean /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Sparks flew in the air as Kristen Bobo fired her welding gun at the thick metal bars spanning the entrance of a cave in Montgomery County.

The angled bars are designed to let bats easily fly into the cave while keeping out people who could vandalize or disturb the unique habitat.

"If it's hard for me to get in, it's going to be even harder for the vandals," Bobo said.

Read more at The Tennessean.

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