A Hill Country bat preserve will reopen to the public a little more than a year after a cloud of pesticide drifted over cave visitors from a nearby ranch.
While working to formalize an agreement under which the Star S Ranch would stop spraying pesticides that drift onto the preserve, the Eckert James River Bat Cave missed its usual mid-May opening date.
The Texas Department of Agriculture fined the Star S Ranch near Mason this week for two violations of pesticide drift at the Eckert James River Bat Cave.
The Nature Conservancy of Texas decided to close the Eckert James River Bat Cave to the public two months early.
Larger implications about the pesticide’s effect on the 1.6 million Mexican free-tailed bats that visit there each summer remain unclear.
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