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 >>
Ever since he was rescued by the Inupiaq Alaskan who killed his mother, Kali the orphaned polar bear seemed destined to end up in St. Louis. Kali (pronounced "Cully") would be the first bear in the Saint Louis Zoo's state-of-the-art exhibit, now under construction next to the Penguin & Puffin Coast ... More >>
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 >>
A two-year investigation into illegal fishing and harvesting of paddlefish eggs in southwestern Missouri ended this week with citations and charges filed against more than 100 people. The suspects include eight men who face federal charges in connection with their alleged efforts to transport paddle ... More >>
The Missouri Department of Conservation knew it was coming, but now it's official: White-Nose Syndrome has been confirmed in a population of bats in an undisclosed Missouri cave. In 2010, symptoms were spotted on a little brown bat in Pike County, and five gray bats also showed symptoms in a public ... More >>
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Saint Louis Zoo plan to reintroduce the Burying Beetle to the Wah'kon-Tah Prairie in the near future, reestablishing the insect as a vital part of Missouri's ecosystem for the first time since the 1970s. Obviously, beetles aren't as glamorous a creature ... More >>
Photo courtesy of Regina MossottiThe Arizona wildfires might have the power to impact almost half the population of Mexican gray wolves living in the wild. These one-month-old pups live at the Endangered Wolf Center in Eureka.Look at those faces. Outside of a moon scene on a novelty T-shirt o ... More >>
Beating out 27,000 other inferior kids (ages kindergarten through high school) from all 50 states, a teen living across the Mississippi River from Cape Girardeau emerged victorious in the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Art contest on Friday. The aptly-named Abraham Hunter, a 17-year-old from Vienna, Illi ... More >>
Image viaJeff "Strait Meat" Foiles, wildfowl hunting rockstar, now indictedFew hunters of wildfowl have more rock-star name recognition than Jeff Foiles of Pleasant Hill, Illinois: He and his company, Foiles Migrators, appear at trade shows and in full-page magazine ads. His duck and goose calls ... More >>
Coutesy Ameren MissouriA helicopter team is performing aerial daredevil work near Alton this week in an effort to save migrating trumpeter swans, the largest waterfowl in North America. On Monday specialists with Haverfield Aviation began installing "swan diverters" from power lines running ... More >>
Jeff Briggler, courtesy of Missouri DOCOzark Hellbender: Putting its image on a football helmet could save its life.Before we get started, how is that the University of Missouri calls its athletic teams the Tigers (an animal that's never called Missouri home and which is the most generic name in ... More >>
Good news: That arrowhead you bought on eBay may actually be a legitimate Native American artifact. Bad news: It could be stolen. Fifty-year-old Leslie Jones of Creal Springs, Illinois, was sentenced this week to 30 days in prison and ordered to pay $150,000 in restitution for stealing up to 13,0 ... More >>
A bubbling demand for Missouri caviar spawns cutthroat competition.
The fight to preserve St. Charles County floodplains makes for some strange bedfellows
Tom Aley spent a fortune and more than 30 years of his life defending a creature no bigger than a grain of sand. Beautiful madness or crazy vision?
John Chamis and other residents of lead-contaminated Herculaneum are tired of getting jerked around by regulators and by Doe Run. They're demanding answers -- and results.
Proposed cement plant in Ste. Genevieve would be foreign to our lungs
Week of January 24, 2001
A giant quarry and the world's largest cement kiln are being welcomed by Ste. Genevieve County. But the operation may leave St. Louis gasping for air.
Since the Flood of 93, Chesterfield boosters have used millions in public money to raise a levee and turn the bottomlands into a boomtown. But betting against the river is risky business.
Hazelwood officials cast their lot with the developer of a controversial project in the flood-prone Missouri Bottoms. Their gamble is tearing the North County community apart.
As gun makers stockpile money for a PR and marketing battle to convince still more citizens to take up arms, besieged cities such as St. Louis aren't taking it lying down. They're returning fire with lawsuits.
Pigeons navigate better than any pilot, they're more sociable than any debutante, they've adapted to the urban landscape better than any human. But they poop. So we're poisoning them.
One development at a time, Missouri has lost 87 percent of its wetlands. And that means more floods, more damage, more levees, more bucks. The story of one Supercenter and how progress comes at a price.