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Internal Cave Gating as a Means of Protecting Cave-Dwelling Bat Populations in Eastern Oklahoma

  title={Internal Cave Gating as a Means of Protecting Cave-Dwelling Bat Populations in Eastern Oklahoma},
  author={William L. Puckette and Steve L. Hensley and David M. Leslie},
Of the 45 species of bats found in North America, about 18 rely substantially on caves throughout the year. Thirteen of these species are obligate cave-dwelling bats using caves year-round. They use caves as winter hibernacula, stop-over roost sites during migration, summer roost sites, or maternity sites where adult females give birth to their young. A general correlation has been made between the degree to which a species is reliant on caves during its life cycle and consideration as an… 

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