Tours Cancelled for Devil's Ice Box

8 years 2 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, July 29 2010 Jul 29, 2010 Thursday, July 29, 2010 6:47:52 PM CDT July 29, 2010 in News

BOONE COUNTY - This year, Missouri will not have all of its caves open to tours.

Devil's Ice Box is closing because park officials want to protect the bats living in caves.

Officials are afraid bats will catch white nose syndrome, which people carry.

The fungus is currently in zero Missouri caves.

The Department of Natural Resources treats these caves like treasures.

Judd Slivak of the Department said, "There's always a delicate balance and right now, we are on the side of 'lets be very cautious, maybe even over cautious.' So we can be good stewards of these caves."

There are still caves opent to the public including Meramac Caverns and Ozark Caverns.

Devil's Ice Box tours are cancelled August 1 through October 8.

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