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Depleted insect population in Texas threatens survival of bats at Bracken Cave

These bats put on quite a show as they come out before sunset; unfortunately, what is good for bat watchers is not so good for the bats.     Full story.

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Some of the 20 million bats emerge from Bracken Cave in Bracken, Texas. A depleting insect population has forced millions of bats around drought-stricken Texas to emerge before nightfall for food runs, making them more susceptible to natural predators. Some experts have already noticed fewer bats emerging from caves and have seen evidence that more infant bats are showing up dead, hinting at a looming population decline.


Eric Gay / AP

Some of the 20 million bats emerge from Bracken Cave in Bracken, Texas.

Eric Gay / AP

Some of the 20 million bats emerge from Bracken Cave in Bracken, Texas.