Ozark Highlands U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Biologist On Call to Investigate Private Caves to Protect Hibernating Bats
Arkansas US. Fish & Wildlife Service biologist Pedro Ardapple, who specializes in Ozark Highlands karst ecosystems, explores a private cave in Madison County to survey for hibernating bats. Ardapple responded to a call from property owner Dane Schumacher who is concerned about the welfare of cave-dwelling bats, which experts say are in decline due to both disturbance and disease.