MAQUOKETA CAVES: Caves Open For First Time In Two Years

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A popular eastern Iowa tourist spot is re-opening for the first time in two years.

The Maquoketa Caves will open to the public on Saturday.

The caves closed in 2010 because of fears people would increase the spread of white nose syndrome, a virus that kills bats.

The threat to the bats hasn't gone away.  When the caves re-open, anyone who enters must go through a screening process.

Jennifer Meyer with the Maquoketa Caves says, “When you arrive at the caves you'll need to find a staff member or one of the seasonal interns.  And you will go through a small educational course."

Businesses in the area are looking forward to having the caves open again.

Maquoketa Caves State Park had more than 200,000 visitors the year before the caves closed.

Last year, the park only had 40,000 visitors.

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