Bats in New York and across the country are in danger.
After years of research, not much is known about how the white fungus growing around the nose of bats developed or how it kills them. But it is called white-nose syndrome, and it somehow leads to starvation during hibernation.
Spelunkers should take note that some of New York’s caves are closed for the winter because of the continued concern that humans transmit the disease.
Other caves will stay open according to normal visitation regulations, so try to hold back that urge to take a blow torch to the bars placed on the off-limit ones. As a fellow caver, I know the feeling, but you can explore them in the spring. The bats need their rest.