Deschutes National Forest fighting bat disease

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BEND, Ore. (AP) -- The Deschutes National Forest says it's taking safeguards to prevent the spread of a deadly bat disease at Lava River Cave south of Bend.

KTVZ reports that when the cave opens July 1, visitors will be asked not to wear clothing or use gear that has been used in caves or mines outside Oregon and Washington.

Officials hope to limit a fungal disease called white-nose syndrome that has killed more than a million bats over the past five years.

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Information from: KTVZ-TV, http://www.ktvz.com/