Sawyers Cave Bat Gate.

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The Forest Service constructed this gate after the hibernation site for Townsend's big-eared bats was listed on a geocache web site. Visitors to the cave during the winter disrupted hibernation, causing abandonment of the cave, and potential death of the bats.

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Comments (3)

Joel Skok on June 2, 2010

A big THUMBS UP on this picture and your philosophy in presenting to us pertinent information about the natural world we dare to venture into.....Reminds me of short pieces I would read in the "Dispatches" column in Outside magazine....Keep it up Jim!

© Michael Hatten htt… on July 3, 2010

Hi Jim, Has the Geocaching website been contacted to remove this from their lists of caches. Also do you know if they are going to put restrictions or create policies on people posting caches in enviromentally sensitive areas?


Jim Nieland on July 5, 2010

I don't know if the website has been contacted or not, that would be up to the agency. I know of no special restrictions or policies for postings of sensitive areas. Actually, agencies have NO authority over private postings on the internet. The responsibility falls entirely upon those making the postings, and maintaining the Geocache web sites. I have been told that some web sites take the posting of sensitive areas into account and may reject some locations accordingly.

I stumbled upon a geocache site at Mount Rainier National Park last week while working on a bat project. The park biologist was unfamiliar with geocache sites in their park and didn't realize one existed in a bat hibernation site. The problem is fairly wide spread, though I'm sure the persons establishing the cache ment no harm by their actions.

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  • Uploaded on June 1, 2010
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    by Jim Nieland
    • Taken on 2010/05/21 18:30:20
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