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 >>
This summer's lethal heat and ongoing drought have claimed at least a half-dozen more victims, but none are human. Six female elk, one yearling bull elk and three calves died in mid-July, and the Missouri Department of Conservations suspect that the blistering heat and drought are contributing facto ... More >>
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 >>
Got elk? Missouri does. And we're about to double the population by trucking in 35 more from eastern Kentucky. Last year -- despite dire warnings from the Farm Bureau -- the Department of Conservation reintroduced 34 elk to a confined ranch in the southeastern part of the state. (And we say "reintro ... More >>
courtesy of the Missouri Department of ConservationUpdated 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 >>
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 >>
courtesy of the Missouri Department of ConservationOut of these two asses may come the means to revive southeastern Missouri's jewelry-making economy.Folks in southeast Missouri hope that the elk that are coming to live at the Peck Ranch Conservation Area next weekend will prove to be a huge ... More >>
Authorities have narrowed their suspects to a dog in an alpaca wool sweater.We know you've all been waiting with bated breath to discover what wild beast killed those two alpacas earlier this month in Jefferson County. So have we! That's why Daily RFT just got off the blower with the Missouri Dep ... More >>
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 >>
image viaThe new rhino calf and his mother, Kati Rain.Congratulations to Kati Rain and Ajabu, two black rhinos at the Saint Louis Zoo, on the birth of their new calf. The calf, a male, arrived on January 14 and weighed 120-1/2 pounds. He's still unnamed, but has been nursing steadily and bond ... More >>
mdc.mo.govElk!The Department of Conservation is about to reintroduce about 150 elk into southwestern Missouri. (They were here long before Europeans arrived, but were completely wiped out by the end of the Civil War.) The move has not only angered the Farm Bureau; now, you've got politicians such ... More >>
An adorable poster our mom gave usHere it is, your Friday-afternoon dose of squee:Awww. Look! A baby giraffe! How cute!
The Post-Dispatch has some painfully adorable footage of the St. Louis Zoo's new baby giraffe, a little dude called Desi who was born a few weeks ago. Check it out: there are p ... More >>
Opposition, uh, "mounts" over plan to reintroduce elk to Missouri.They've been gone from Missouri for nearly 150 years, and the Missouri Farm Bureau would like to keep it that way. At issue is a herd of elk that that the Missouri Department of Conservation wants to release in a 365-square mile zo ... More >>