- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

GLEN JEAN, W.Va. (AP) - Gates are being installed on abandoned mine openings in the New River Gorge National River to protect bat habitat.

The National Park Service said Wednesday that the old mines provide habitat for 10 species of bats. Two species are endangered, the Virginia big-eared bat and the Indiana bat.

The gates allow bats to enter the mines while preventing humans from entering.

The park service says in a news release that contractors will install the first gates next week at Kaymoor Haulage Tunnel.

Visitors are advised to be alert for additional traffic on the Butcher’s Branch trail, which crews will use to access the mine opening.

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