Officials: NM bat population recovering

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – There is new evident New Mexico’s bat population is recovering.

Officials at El Malpais National Monument say a recent check of the Junction Cave there shows the bat population has doubled in recent months from about 90 bats to 180.

The Junction Cave and dozens others across the state were closed to the public over the winter to allow the bats to hibernate.

The animals have dwindled in number in recent years because of drought, fire, and disease.

When the animals are in distress it makes them more susceptible.

The goal is to reopen the caves to the public by the end of the month. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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