An area organization is getting some help to help
save a group of endangered bats.
The Mississippi Valley Conservancy is receiving a
10-thousand dollar grant from the John C.
Bock Foundation .
to help save the habitat of the bats in the Kickapoo
Indian Caverns near Wauzeka.
The M-V-C is trying to raise a total of 435-thousand
dollars to buy the cave complex .
which three species of bats use to hibernate.
The population of hibernating bats in the Kickapoo
Indian Caverns is one of the five largest in the state.
We don't want to see the cave re-opened for commercial
use, and it could be.
It's fully developed, it has stairs, it has lights,
it could be re-opened but that would be a real threat
to the bats that live there.
The M-V-C is about halfway to their goal .
and hope to have the funds to buy the cave by the
end of the year.