Bats, cyanide, and gold mining

BATS Magazine



Although the boom days of prospectors and gold nuggets are long gone, modern technology enables gold to continue to be extracted from ore. Unfortunately, the extraction method has often been disastrous for bats and other wildlife, an issue I first became aware of in early 1989. Phone calls from Drs. Merlin Tuttle and Elizabeth Pierson, a BCI member and bat researcher from Berkeley, California, alerted me that bats were dying from apparent cyanide poisoning at gold mines in the western United States.

Additional publication details

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Bats, cyanide, and gold mining
Series title BATS Magazine
Volume 9
Issue 3
Year Published 1991
Language English
Publisher Bat Conservation International
Publisher location Austin, TX
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 2 p.
First page 17
Last page 18