By Terry Kovarik
Gary Soule of Sturgeon Bay spent a lot of time out west and underground. Soule is a member of the Wisconsin Speleological Society, which caters to cavers. He met up with fellow cavers from around the world at a conference in Helena, Montana to talk about issues involving caving. Topics discussed included white-nose syndrome which has killed a large portion of North America’s bat population. The disease is believed to have been started in caves in New York and Vermont where people have visited regularly. Soule says white-nose syndrome has not affected bat caves out west and that could offer some hope for the future.
Soule says he visited three western states. But unlike many other tourists, he and other cavers saw those states from the inside out.