Rare Galilee bats in danger of extinction
New survey finds that only a few dozen Alma cave bats remain in northern Israel; researchers believe hikers are to blame for strong light and noise, which is taking a heavy toll.
Until a decade ago, the Alma cave in Upper Galilee was home to thousands of rare bats, but recent surveys conducted by the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel find that only several dozen remain, and they are in danger of complete extinction. The SPNI believes the reason is hikers who disobey rules, causing distress among the bats which then leave the cave.
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