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Bat disease conference on May 19 to address white-nose syndrome

Posted: May. 16, 2015 12:09 am Updated: May. 23, 2015 12:12 am

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- A press conference will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, at the Cave Hollow West Winery on the grounds of the Mark Twain Cave Complex, 300 Cave Hollow Road, to discuss research regarding bats collected from Cameron Cave in March.

Mark Twain Cave worked with the U.S. Forest Service scientists and Georgia State University as part of research to find a natural inhibitor of white-nose syndrome. The bats collected for this study will be released on the Mark Twain Cave Complex grounds at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Speakers at the press conference will be Linda Coleberd, owner of the Mark Twain Cave Complex; Kirsten Alvey-Mudd, executive director of the Missouri Bat Census; and Monica Tomosy, National Wildlife Research program leader from Washington D.C. Tomosy works with Forest Service managers, biologists, scientists and partners developing strategies for solving the problems of white-nose syndrome.