Official: Dunbar Cave in Clarksville could reopen
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State officials say Dunbar Cave in Clarksville is one of a limited number of closed Tennessee caves now under consideration for reopening.
According to The Leaf-Chronicle (http://leafne.ws/1iRtObM ), Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation spokeswoman Shannon Ashford says reopening Dunbar Cave is under consideration by park rangers and state staff. They could reach a decision within a month or two.
Dunbar Cave State Natural Area also includes 110 acres of trails, woodlands and a lake.
In March 2010, the cave was closed to visitors in order to prevent the spread of white-nose syndrome, which has decimated bat populations across the eastern United States.
Two years later, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service discovered the illness among endangered gray bats in Bellamy Cave, a Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency-owned cave in Montgomery County.
Information from: The Leaf-Chronicle, http://www.theleafchronicle.com