Missouri Department of Conservation

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    August 26, 2014

    Undercover Operation Busts Illegal Caviar Trafficking in Missouri

    As international demand for caviar causes overfishing of the Caspian Sea's once plentiful beluga sturgeon, fishermen are flocking to Missouri to illegally harvest from the next big name in caviar: the Mississippi paddlefish. An ancient cousin to the sturgeon, paddlefish are plentiful in Table Rock ... More >>

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    May 30, 2014

    Get Ready for Missouri Summers Filled with Black Bears

    We need to talk about bears, Missouri. While the state's black bears largely disappeared in the 1950s, since then they've mounted a steady comeback by, well, mounting each other in the woods and making more black bears. Such is nature. The Missouri Department of Conservation estimates the present ... More >>

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    May 8, 2014

    Boo Boo the Bear is Saved, Finds Temporary Home at Saint Louis Zoo after Rabies Scare

    Boo Boo, the three-month-old bear cub who caused a brief rabies scare at a petting zoo at Washington University, has a new home at the Saint Louis Zoo -- for now. The bear cub narrowly avoided a death sentence after eighteen students came forward to say the animal had nibbled on their fingers, brea ... More >>

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    June 10, 2013

    Missouri State Champion Tree, Second Largest In State, Destroyed By Tornadoes (PHOTOS)

    The destructive tornadoes last Friday damaged more than just homes in St. Louis and St. Charles counties. The Missouri Department of Conservation is now reporting that the storm caused the Missouri State Champion eastern cottonwood tree in St. Louis to topple over -- ruining the second largest tre ... More >>

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    March 21, 2013

    Photo: Wolf Wandering Missouri Shot Dead By Hunter Who Thinks It's a Coyote

    What are you more afraid of, a coyote wandering around Missouri -- or a wolf? In this case, it doesn't really matter, because the animal on the loose was killed by a hunter, says the Missouri Department of Conservation. The canine in question, new analysis shows, was in fact a wolf, though the hun ... More >>

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    February 14, 2013

    Photo: Mountain Lion Spotted Near Elk Calf Carcass; Provides Clue About The Cougar's Diet

    The Missouri Department of Conservation has released a photo of a mountain lion that was spotted in Carter County -- but the sneaky cougar caught on camera is not the most newsworthy part of the photograph. The image, large version on view below, shows the mountain lion right next to a depressing- ... More >>

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    February 12, 2013

    Missourians Warned to Stay Away From Skunks

    Skunks. So cute, so cuddly, so (if Looney Tunes is to be believed) romantic. You almost want to run out and trap your girlfriend one for Valentine's Day this Thursday, don't ya? Well, don't. Skunks are wild animals, ya'll. And they've got those musk glands they can squirt you with. That stuff will ... More >>

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    January 7, 2013

    [PHOTO] Big Mountain Lion on the Prowl in Southeast Missouri

    The following photo was taken by a trail camera on Dec. 21, near Van Buren in Carter County. The Missouri Department of Conservation has confirmed that it's a mountain lion. This particular photo, snapped in front of a deer stand, reveals a couple things: (1) How big these cats really are, and (2) W ... More >>

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    November 8, 2012

    Another Mountain Lion Sighting - This Time Near Branson!

    And so it continues. The Missouri Department of Conservation has just confirmed the fourth Mountain Lion sighting in the last two months. All have occurred in southern Missouri. The most recent photo was taken by a wildlife camera in Taney County, near Branson, on Halloween night. We know mountain l ... More >>

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    September 26, 2012

    [PHOTO] Wild Bobcat Prowls Near Missississippi River. How Common are These Big Felines?

    A reader up in Pike County, Illinois just sent us a photo of a bobcat. It was taken automatically by a wildlife camera on their property near the Mississippi River -- and in broad daylight. It's a totally sweet picture -- and as loyal readers know, Daily RFT lurves blogging about animals (albino hum ... More >>

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    September 17, 2012

    Another Mountain Lion Caught on Camera Last Week in Shannon County

    They keep coming. The Missouri Department of Conservation has confirmed that the animal in the photo to the right is indeed a mountain lion. It was photographed September 10 and 11 by a wildlife cam on public land near Eminence.  According to MDC, "widely scattered mountain-lion sightings have ... More >>

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    August 30, 2012

    Albino Hummingbird Spotted in KC Is "Extremely Rare," Probably Going to Die Soon

    A few weeks ago, a couple in North Kansas City saw this creature come to their hummingbird feeder. Here's how unusual that is:

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    July 31, 2012

    Bear Cam!

    We like "cams" -- head cam footage from the Grafton Zipline, for example, or the first-ever turkey vulture cam. But now we bring you, courtesy of the Missouri Department of Conservation: Bear Cam! What the MDC is doing is tranquilizing black bears and then fitting them with a camera that's designe ... More >>

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    June 29, 2012

    In-Froggin'-Credible! Top 5 Interesting Facts About Frogging Season

    Sure, it's so hot today you want to throw up. But tonight, after sunset, froggin' season begins! Below are some facts about frogging that might make you, well, grab your pole and get to it: Fact #5: Frog legs are delish,  you guys. They actually taste like fresh-water fish. If you eat fish, but ... More >>

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    June 28, 2012

    VIDEO: After Almost a Century and a Half, Missouri Has Wild Elk Again

    The gates to the temporary holding pen have finally been opened. Wild elk -- unknown to our state since the end of the Civil War -- are back. As the man in the video says: "Welcome to freedom." The Farm Bureau has warned that reintroducing elk to Missouri would wreak havoc on farms and roads. The ... More >>

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    March 28, 2012

    'Shrooms Poppin' Up, Missourians Gittin' Some

    ​With gray and yellow morels peeking out of the soil all across Missouri, the Internets are all abuzz that the mushroom-foraging season has begun.  Judging from a statewide chat room (where users such as "Morelmaniac," "sponge rocket," "Shroomfever" and "Eagle Eye Mike" trade tips and tricks) ... More >>

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    November 30, 2011

    Doe! Missouri Department of Conservation Raps -- And Chills With Gender-Bending Deer

    The Missouri Department of Conservation is super-dope these days. First there's the bidness with the gender-bending deer, which is totally down with the brave new world of ambiguous sexuality. And then there's the winter rap, yo! Or should we say, doe! The MDC gets minor props for the first line of ... More >>

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    June 29, 2011

    Frog Season Begins -- How to (Legally) Catch and Cook the Critters

    Image viaIt ain't easy being green -- especially during frog season. ​Here's your chance to impress guests at your next underground dinner party or office social. Come sunset tomorrow, foodies and chefs from all over the state will be able to take to the swamps and lakes in search of that dele ... More >>

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    May 26, 2011

    Man Slapped with $1k Fine and Six Months Probation in First-Ever Invasive Species Case

    Courtesy Missouri Department of ConservationBad news! Agents remove a guy's boatlift that had an invasive species attached to it.​Silver carp. Emerald ash borers. Zebra mussels. Missouri's got all kinds of "invasive species," not native to our state, that wreak havoc on our ecosystem. Now the stat ... More >>

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    May 12, 2011

    How To Survive a Mountain Lion Encounter

    funnyaussiesigns.comYou, too, can survive a mountain lion encounter.​Another mountain lion was confirmed in Missouri this week. The Department of Conservation concluded Wednesday that paw prints photographed April 20 in Macon County in north-central Missouri were almost surely those of a cougar. F ... More >>

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    May 6, 2011

    UPDATE: Arrival of Elk in Missouri Delayed

    courtesy of the Missouri Department of Conservation​Updated May 6: The elk have arrived! The Department of Conservation reports that the trailer carrying the herd from Kentucky arrived at Peck Ranch at 6:30 a.m. yesterday. For the next two weeks, the elk will be confined to pens on the ranch ... More >>

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    April 27, 2011

    Watch for Hummingbirds NOW

    Courtesy Missouri Department of ConservationHere they come!​All ye birders in St. Louis, the first ruby-throated hummingbirds of 2011 are arriving. The big time to see them or course is July, when the young'uns start buzzing around, and also August, when many are heading back southward.  But ... More >>

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    April 27, 2011

    Watch Out! Black Bears Are Back

    courtesy the Missouri Department of ConservationBlack bear, black bear, what do you see?​We've told you all about the return of prairie chickens, elk and hummingbirds to Missouri, but have you heard that black bears are coming back, too? Yep, it's true. Biologists at the Missouri Department o ... More >>

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    April 22, 2011

    First Prairie Chickens, Now Elk: A Look at the Dept. of Conservation's Latest Project

    courtesy the Missouri Department of ConservationThe majestic elk...sort of like the ones that will be arriving in MIssouri next week.​Elk have not lived in Missouri since Abraham Lincoln was president. (Since 1865, for those of you keeping score at home.) For mere humans, that's a really, re ... More >>

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    April 21, 2011
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    February 18, 2011

    PHOTO: Another Mountain Lion Spotted in Missouri

    For the fifth time in four months (and just the 15th time in 16 years) a mountain lion has been confirmed in Missouri. Courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation​The latest evidence (above) comes from Linn County in north central Missouri. That's where a landowner captured the sight of a cougar ... More >>

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    February 11, 2011

    Mystery Predator Attacks, Kills Alpacas in Jefferson County

    Some wild animal has a taste for alpacas.​Two alpacas are dead after being attacked by one or multiple unknown animals outside of Hillsboro last night. Ron Arnhart with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department tells Daily RFT that the mystery predator(s) attacked the hindquarters, head and neck o ... More >>

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    January 25, 2011

    Amish Hunters on "Predator Hunt" in Missouri Kill Mountain Lion, Won't Be Charged

    Missouri Department of ConservationThis lion killed Saturday in northeast Missouri weighed 128 pounds.​For the second time this month hunters in Missouri have shot and killed a mountain lion despite laws protecting the animals. And once again, no one will be charged with violating the wildlife cod ... More >>

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    January 21, 2011

    Cougar Sighted in St. Louis Suburb (And No It Wasn't Picking Up Young Men at a Bar)

    Missouri Department of ConservationA trail camera caught this image January 12.​Let there be no mistake. The cougar sighted in Chesterfield this month was the real deal -- puma concolor, a.k.a. mountain lion, a.k.a. panther -- and was not, we repeat, not, a 40-something-year-old female homo sapien ... More >>

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    November 8, 2010

    Turkey Hunting: Apparently Way Harder Than It Sounds

    image viaSo easy, a kid could do it?​Either turkeys have gotten extra-sneaky, or Missouri hunters are extra-sucky this year.Though the Missouri Department of Conservation estimates the state's wild turkey population to be around 500,000, only 5,928 turkeys were killed this fall hunting season, the ... More >>

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    August 17, 2010

    Judge Overturns "Deer-Dogging" Ban For Missouri Hunters

    Image viaDeer do it doggystyle​Christmas just came early for the Show-Me State's laziest faction of hunters. A judge in Poplar Bluff recently overturned a state law that prohibits using packs of dogs to drive deer toward hunting stands, a practice known in Ozark-speak as "deer-dogging."On August 5 ... More >>

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    April 20, 2010

    Bat With White Nose Syndrome Finally Spotted in Missouri, Caves To Close

    Image viaHoly debilitating fungus, batman.​The weird and fatal white fungus first discovered on bats four years ago in New York has finally infected MO.It's not lethal to humans, but here's what it does to bats, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation: [it] causes infected bats to awa ... More >>

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    November 6, 2009

    Gobble Gobble Hey!​With Thanksgiving rapidly bearing down on us, surer than death and taxes, it came as alarming news yesterday when the Missouri Department of Conservation announced that this year's fall turkey-hunting season was the second-worst on record.Hunters only managed to bag 8,3 ... More >>

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    September 14, 2009

    Top Five Shocking Facts about Missouri's War Against Feral Hogs / CC BY 2.0​5) Feral hogs are exploding in Missouri!Not literally. Their numbers are swelling, says the Missouri Department of Conservation. The offspring of domestic swine, wild razorbacks and Russian boars have formed entrenched populations in 20 countie ... More >>

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    July 28, 2009

    A Sprawling Casino Next To A Conservation Area?

    photo by Keegan HamiltonThe Columbia Bottom Conservation AreaLocated at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers just north of St. Louis, the Columbia Bottom Conservation Area is among the last stretches of undeveloped riverfront near the city. The Missouri Department of Conservation, t ... More >>

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    June 17, 2009

    Epic Win So Far for MO Fishermen

    Factoid: About five record-breaking fish get caught each year in our state. But with 2009 only half over, Missouri fisherpersons have already broken five records (so says the Missouri Department of Conservation). Did someone say RALLY?!?! Pounder!!!!Check out the photo of a monste ... More >>

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    May 22, 2009

    Campin' this Weekend? Don't Move Firewood!!! you're going back to Nature this weekend, do Nature a favor: only use firewood you find at your campsite. Here's why: our state's forests are gettin' downright infested with the emerald ash borer. According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, the emerald ash ... More >>

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    April 13, 2009

    The Little Prairie in the Cemetery

    The Economist magazine is out with an article on the little-known prairie-restoration project inside Cavalry Cemetery. The 477-acre graveyard in north St. Louis City is the final resting place of playwright Tennessee Williams and Civil War general William Tecumseh Sherman. It's also home to more pra ... More >>

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    March 30, 2009

    Re: Otter in Mourning

    Aimee's post earlier today about the untimely death of Splash the otter may be the first in a recurring series. The Missouri Department of Conservation decided earlier this month that trappers in the state will be allowed to capture and kill an unlimited number of the critters this year. V ... More >>

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    February 25, 2009

    How Sweet It Is

    From sap to syrup

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    January 14, 2009

    Going Bald

    It's all the rage

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    February 6, 2008
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    June 14, 2006

    Fishing for Answers

    About the gilled ones

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    January 4, 2006
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    July 27, 2005

    The Great Outdoors

    Learn, shoot, love and leave

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    January 5, 2005

    Eat More Beaver

    Missourians have a healthy appetite for wild game meat. Some say raccoon tastes better than roast beef.

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    May 14, 2003

    Bye Bye Birdie

    A simply smashing affair

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    September 26, 2001
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    February 17, 1999

    Animal Kingdom

    A proposal before the Missouri Legislature seems tailored to make the Department of Conservation, already a fiefdom unto itself, even less answerable to citizens

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    December 9, 1998
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