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Tim Stauffer shines a light on brown bats in the Maiden Rock sand mine.

Maiden Rock/Bay City bat caves house 150,000

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MAIDEN ROCK -- It's cold. Dark. Quiet as a tomb -- except for little squeaking sounds so tiny you wonder if you're imagining them.

It is Halloween, after all.

A small, furry creature abruptly detaches from the high sandstone wall and swoops away, down an even darker tunnel in the Wisconsin Industrial Sand Corp. cave.

Silently -- except for tiny little squeaking sounds.

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