- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

LOVELL, Wyo. (AP) - A new season of research has begun at an unusual cave in northern Wyoming where hundreds of animals fell to their deaths over 100,000 years.

Natural Trap Cave northeast of Lovell is a hole in the ground more than eight stories deep. The cave has no other entrance and the hole is difficult to spot except from up close.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management opens the cave to qualified researchers only rarely.

Last year, a research team was first to explore the cave’s fossils in more than 30 years. Scientists found the remains of several extinct species including camels and a cheetah-like cat.

Researchers are back on site for the next few weeks. Their goal is to learn more about how Ice Age animal populations adapted to climate change.

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