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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.

Jacqueline Froelich is an investigative journalist and has been a news producer for KUAF National Public Radio since 1998. She covers politics, the environment, energy, business, education, history, race and culture. Her radio segments have been nationally syndicated. She is also a station-based national correspondent for NPR in Washington DC., and recipient of eight national and state broadcast awards.
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