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Glossary -- Mine Openings: Shaft

Mines are never safe to enter -- so don't. They can be, however, important habitat for wildlife, especially bats, some birds, and rattlesnakes. To accommodate wildlife while keeping curious humans safe, land managers sometimes cover the entrance with a grate. In many cases, they use a cable net, but more often these days they install metal bars or a complete cover.

Mine Shaft
Old ladder leading down into the depths - yikes!
Mine Shaft
Old ladder leading down into the depths - yikes!
Mine Shaft
Very scary, uncovered and unmarked hole in the ground!
Mine Shaft
Poorly marked mine shaft
Mine Shaft Mine Shaft
Mine Shaft
Shaft grated to keep everything out
Mine Shaft
Shaft grated to lets bats enter, but keep humans out
Mine Shaft
Barn Owls nesting in mine shaft
Mine Shaft
Barn Owls nesting in mine shaft (note nestling behind pipe)

Happy hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
copyright; Last updated 121023

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