Wildlife authorities are investigating the deaths of more than 100 endangered Indiana bats at Carter Caves State Resort Park.
Vandals entered a cave at the park and threw rocks at a hibernating colony of Indiana bats on two different occasions in late October. Some bats were crushed, while others died after being knocked into a stream.
Indiana bats first received protection under the Endangered Species Act in 1966. Until recently, their numbers have decreased steadily. The caves at Carter Caves State Resort Park harbor the largest hibernating population of Indiana bats in Kentucky