batty den wrote:HugoFuchs wrote:Bats are pretty cool, used to go spelunking quite a bit in my youth and quite a number of the caves hold bats, some year-round, other just in the winter.
Just being in the cave distrurbs bats, and that's not so good for them during hibernation. There's some caves in Wyoming (I think) National Parks has to close off during winter because the bat numbers dropped to dangerously low levels.
Actually, when Hibernating they are almost impossible to disturb. Very heavy sleepers. Usually it's some moron who does the damage. Anyway, yes some of the caves close for the winter for exactly that reason. In fact, they hang out in the deepest farthest reaches of the caves. I know because I've been back that far just before they closed one of those caves for the winter, and there were a few back there. I made the mistake of being with a moron who tried to arouse them (unsuccessfully). I quite literally dragged him out right after that. I wish I had a camera for some of the nifty things I've seen under the ground.