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Couple working to save endangered bats

Postby Wayne Harrison » Jun 2, 2006 11:53 am

Friday, June 02, 2006, at 11:41 a.m.

By Kelli Gauthier
Staff Writer

MCMINNVILLE, Tenn. — Tina and Bruce Ventura can think of no better way to spend their vacation than slogging through the mud, dragging steel beams down steep inclines and helping to build a 30-foot steel gate inside the mouth of a giant cave.

The Venturas are helping the Nature Conservancy in Tennessee to preserve one of the largest populations of endangered gray bats in the world by rebuilding a gate at the opening of Hubbard's Cave in Warren County.

The couple, from Marquette, Mich., said this isn't the first bat cave gate they've built, but it is the largest.

"This isn't just any old gate-building," Ms. Ventura said. "It's famous because it's so big."

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