Bat Gates Going Up

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NEAR RUCH, Ore. — A team of technicians is at work in Southern Oregon putting up steel gates on old mine tunnels to keep people out and let bats fly through.

The bat gate project is a long-term effort to make some very hazardous sites less accessible to people, while preserving valuable habitat.

The bats that call many old mine diggings home are important as predators for insects, and pollinators of plants. The horizontal bars let bats fly through and keeps larger animals and people out.