missouri department of conservation http://kbia.org en Black bears moving farther north into Missouri http://kbia.org/post/black-bears-moving-farther-north-missouri <p>A group founded last month in Columbia is trying to educate Missourians about black bears. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 21:17:12 +0000 Associated Press 53993 at http://kbia.org Black bears moving farther north into Missouri As black bear population reaches about 300, researchers shift focus http://kbia.org/post/black-bear-population-reaches-about-300-researchers-shift-focus <div style="margin:0;"><p><span lang="en-US"><font face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size:11pt;"><font color="black" size="4"><span style="font-size:14.5pt;">The Missouri Department of Conservation now estimates that the Show Me State’s black bear population is about 300. </span></font></span></font></span></p> Mon, 26 May 2014 13:20:16 +0000 Jacob McCleland 53534 at http://kbia.org As black bear population reaches about 300, researchers shift focus Conservation dept. needs extra hands for turtle research http://kbia.org/post/conservation-dept-needs-extra-hands-turtle-research <p>The Missouri Department of Conservation is searching for help to track the state's turtle population. Interested biology enthusiasts would help trap and release turtles in the water at the Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area south of Columbia. The department needs between two and three dozen people who don't mind getting messy in the name of science.</p><p>Eagle Bluffs manager Vic Bogosian says the information gathered during these turtle round ups are crucial to ensuring the continued well-being of the animals.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 21:21:39 +0000 Grant Suneson 52605 at http://kbia.org Conservation dept. needs extra hands for turtle research Mo. government agencies encourage statewide clean-up http://kbia.org/post/mo-government-agencies-encourage-statewide-clean <p>Two Missouri agencies are encouraging residents to spend April cleaning up the state's roadsides, parks, rivers and trails as part of the sixth annual "trash bash."</p><p>Missouri's Conservation and Transportation departments are sponsoring the event, which also includes educational efforts in schools, community events, and Earth Day celebrations.</p><p>Organizers say programs like the trash bash help offset the cost of cleaning up litter and let the two agencies devote resources to other priorities.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:50:56 +0000 Associated Press 50109 at http://kbia.org Mo. government agencies encourage statewide clean-up Arson suspected in Truman Reservoir fires http://kbia.org/post/arson-suspected-truman-reservoir-fires <p>State conservation officials suspect arson in about 20 wildfires near the Truman Reservoir in west-central Missouri in the past week.</p><p>The Department of Conservation says the fires burned more than 1,000 acres of public and private land. No injuries or structural losses have been reported, but officials say wildfires can cause significant harm and that fighting them costs money and puts people at risk.</p><p>The conservation agency says crews have fought about 50 fires this year in Henry and St. Clair counties that have burned about 3,000 acres.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:48:40 +0000 Associated Press 50108 at http://kbia.org Arson suspected in Truman Reservoir fires Smoke from private controlled burning blown into downtown Columbia http://kbia.org/post/smoke-private-controlled-burning-blown-downtown-columbia <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The smoke that was blown into downtown Columbia on Monday originated mostly from controlled burning on private land in different locations all across the county, officials said.</p><p>Gale Blomenkamp, battalion chief of the Boone County Fire Protection District, said private burning is normal at this time of the year, as farmers are freeing up land.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 22:53:02 +0000 Charmaine Ng 49840 at http://kbia.org Smoke from private controlled burning blown into downtown Columbia Cold winter killing fish in Missouri lakes http://kbia.org/post/cold-winter-killing-fish-missouri-lakes <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;"><font color="red">Missouri's</font>&nbsp;cold winter is killing off more&nbsp;<font color="red">fish</font>&nbsp;than usual in ponds and lakes.</p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 15:07:05 +0000 Associated Press 49038 at http://kbia.org Cold winter killing fish in Missouri lakes Elk program pleases hunters, but not farmers http://kbia.org/post/elk-program-pleases-hunters-not-farmers <p>In 2011, the Department of Conservation started reintroducing elk into the state of Missouri.&nbsp; The elk were brought in from Kentucky and released onto land designated as the Elk Relocation Zone.&nbsp; Part of this “zone” is conservation land in the Missouri Ozarks called Peck Ranch.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Right now, there’s a herd of more than a hundred elk roaming around in the Missouri Ozarks.&nbsp; But, you might not know it just by looking around.&nbsp; You see, they’re actually kind of hard to find in the woods.</span></p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 15:04:00 +0000 Bridgit Bowden 48190 at http://kbia.org Elk program pleases hunters, but not farmers DNA test confirms canine shot in Missouri is a wolf http://kbia.org/post/dna-test-confirms-canine-shot-missouri-wolf <p></p><p><em>Update 11.21 a.m. 1/15/14</em>: MDC reports the wolf was shot by the landowner while hunting. The department says wolves can be mistaken for coyotes sometimes, though coyotes rarely grow to more than 30 pounds. Coyotes may be taken by hunting with the right permit.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 21:01:58 +0000 Kristofor Husted 46654 at http://kbia.org DNA test confirms canine shot in Missouri is a wolf MDC conducting DNA test to determine if killed animal is a wolf http://kbia.org/post/mdc-conducting-dna-test-determine-if-killed-animal-wolf <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The animal shot and killed by a hunter last month was a canine, wandered the woods and showed no signs of escape from captivity. But was it a wolf?</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 22:15:40 +0000 Associated Press 45501 at http://kbia.org MDC conducting DNA test to determine if killed animal is a wolf State audit faults conservation dept. for overspending on elk restoration http://kbia.org/post/state-audit-faults-conservation-dept-overspending-elk-restoration <p>A report released on Friday by the Missouri auditor's office says the state continued to overspend on its elk restoration project, even after <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/elk-restoration-plan-comes-under-fire-state-auditor">a 2011 audit</a> found it was way over budget.</p><p>The current audit found the Missouri Department of Conservation spent close to $3.4 million to bring 129 elk into the state. Only an estimated 115 elk have survived.</p><p>But conservation department Deputy Director Tom Ripperger says those figures are misleading.</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 13:56:11 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 44970 at http://kbia.org State audit faults conservation dept. for overspending on elk restoration Missouri State Parks acquires Camp Zoe http://kbia.org/post/missouri-state-parks-acquires-camp-zoe <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri&nbsp;has acquired about 300 acres in south-central&nbsp;Missouri&nbsp;that had been forfeited after the owner was convicted of federal drug charges.</span></p><p>The state Department of Conservation said Monday that&nbsp;Missouri&nbsp;State Parks acquired at auction the 330 acres of property in Shannon County that had been owned by James Tebeau. Tebeau was sentenced last year to 30 months in prison and ordered to forfeit the land, known as "Camp Zoe," after he was convicted of holding music festivals where drugs were sold.</p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 23:19:22 +0000 Associated Press 44344 at http://kbia.org It's that time of year to look out for deer on the road http://kbia.org/post/its-time-year-look-out-deer-road <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">November is deer-mating season, and as the deer mate -- drivers are at a higher risk of hitting them.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 12:12:30 +0000 Shale Remien 43380 at http://kbia.org It's that time of year to look out for deer on the road Hunters urged to take caution to combat Chronic Wasting Disease http://kbia.org/post/hunters-urged-take-caution-combat-chronic-wasting-disease <p>Conservation officials in Missouri want deer hunters to take precautions this fall in order to prevent the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease. CWD cases are so far limited to a containment zone in north central Missouri, with the state’s first documented case occurring three years ago.</p><p>Joe Jerek with the state Conservation Department said hunters should wear latex gloves when field-dressing a deer.</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 21:23:06 +0000 Marshall Griffin 42621 at http://kbia.org Hunters urged to take caution to combat Chronic Wasting Disease Why arborists are providing TLC for the 'Big Tree' http://kbia.org/post/why-arborists-are-providing-tlc-big-tree <p>Arborists and tree lovers from across Missouri joined together Tuesday to care for the famous "Big Tree," just South of Columbia, a Bur Oak that is hundreds of years old- and starting to show its age.</p><p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 07:17:59 +0000 Kate Grumke 42558 at http://kbia.org Why arborists are providing TLC for the 'Big Tree' Mo. Department of Conservation opens to public input http://kbia.org/post/mo-department-conservation-opens-public-input <p>The Missouri Department of Conservation recently introduced plans to include public input on designated conservation areas around the state. The new process is meant to help hikers, fishers and hunters express what they like and dislike regarding the planning and maintenance of the areas.</p><p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 13:47:12 +0000 Spencer Wilson 41205 at http://kbia.org Mo. Department of Conservation opens to public input Flames fuel prairie revival [video] http://kbia.org/post/flames-fuel-prairie-revival-video <p>As a north wind rippled through the native grasses of Missouri’s Tucker Prairie on a sunny afternoon in April, the burn was about to begin.</p><p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 20:49:55 +0000 Brendan Gibbons & Ben Unglesbee 31748 at http://kbia.org Flames fuel prairie revival [video] Why are there 50,000 snow geese in mid-Missouri? http://kbia.org/post/why-are-there-50000-snow-geese-mid-missouri <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">On Saturday as many as 50,000 snow geese congregated at Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area, a 4,400-acre wildlife refuge&nbsp;</span><a href="https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Columbia,+MO&amp;daddr=Eagle+Bluffs+Conservation+Area,+Columbia,+MO+65203&amp;hl=en&amp;sll=38.85535,-92.434716&amp;sspn=0.01828,0.02811&amp;geocode=FRlbUgIdCBh_-inJgoG786vchzEgb726LWkRoA%3BFYbYUAIdEIt9-inF8C4ZErPchzHdFloeBV2kyg&amp;mra=ls&amp;t=m&amp;z" style="font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">southwest of Columbia</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">.</span></p><p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 19:00:13 +0000 Ben Unglesbee 30485 at http://kbia.org Why are there 50,000 snow geese in mid-Missouri? Deer season a boost for business in Kirksville http://kbia.org/post/deer-season-boost-business-kirksville <p>Northeast Missouri is popular this time of year for its deer hunting, but many local businesses worried the drought would have a negative effect on the deer population this year. Tue, 27 Nov 2012 22:53:26 +0000 Wendy Mader 25110 at http://kbia.org Deer season a boost for business in Kirksville Hunters clash with Dept. of Conservation over Chronic Wasting Disease http://kbia.org/post/hunters-clash-dept-conservation-over-chronic-wasting-disease <p>Missouri hunters disagree over The Department of Conservation’s actions to combat Chronic Wasting Disease, or CWD, a neurological disease that affects deer.</p><p>Many free-range hunters support the actions, yet some breeders and preserve operators say they are being unnecessarily targeted for the spread of CWD. Former President of the MO Big Game Association and preserve operator Sam James said the Department of Conservation is blaming CWD on them because they do not like gaming preserves.</p> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 13:23:37 +0000 Meredith Turk 23634 at http://kbia.org Hunters clash with Dept. of Conservation over Chronic Wasting Disease Hunters could help fight hunger http://kbia.org/post/hunters-could-help-fight-hunger <p>Missouri hunters can fight hunger this hunting season. The Missouri Department of Conservation and the Conservation Federation of Missouri sponsor the <a href="http://mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/deer/share-harvest" target="_blank">Share the Harvest</a> program, which helps fight hunger by allowing hunters to donate their deer meat to approved meat processors. The meat is then distributed to several food banks and local food pantries and given to those in need.</p> Mon, 29 Oct 2012 18:55:16 +0000 Meredith Albair 23589 at http://kbia.org Hunters could help fight hunger Favorable weather leads to good urban deer hunting season http://kbia.org/post/hunters-report-strong-urban-deer-hunting-season <p>According to Missouri Department of Conversation, hunters had a good harvest in the urban firearms deer hunting season, which took place from Oct. 5 - 8.</p><p>This year’s urban deer hunt had a harvest of more than 1,100 deer statewide, almost double the figure from last year.</p><p>Joel Porath, wildlife regional supervisor for the Missouri Department of Conservation, said because the urban season is so short, the harvest is almost exclusively tied to weather.</p> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 16:21:58 +0000 Maoling Xiong 22883 at http://kbia.org Favorable weather leads to good urban deer hunting season Deer dying in Mo. due to fly-biting disease http://kbia.org/post/deer-dying-mo-due-fly-biting-disease <p>The Missouri Conservation Department says it has been getting reports of hundreds of dead deer around the state.</p><p>The agency says the deer appear to have fallen victim to hemorrhagic disease, which is spread by the bites of the small midge fly.</p><p>As of mid-September, the department had received reports of about 2,800 dead deer, with the disease being the suspected cause.</p><p>The department says outbreaks of hemorrhagic disease tend to increase during droughts, when deer and flies both congregate near the diminished number of watering spots.</p> Wed, 19 Sep 2012 13:58:06 +0000 Associated Press 21406 at http://kbia.org Deer dying in Mo. due to fly-biting disease Mo. conservation agency lifts statewide burn ban http://kbia.org/post/mo-conservation-agency-lifts-statewide-burn-ban <p>Campfires once again will be allowed at Missouri conservation areas, thanks to rain from the remnants of Tropical Storm Isaac this Labor Day weekend.</p><p>The Missouri Department of Conservation had issued a fire ban in June for its public properties because of the hot, dry summer.</p><p>But the department has now lifted that burn ban for all of the nearly 1,000 conservation areas that it manages. The agency says there may be some parts of the state that did not receive as much rain from recent storm, but it believes the fire danger will be reduced enough to lift the ban.</p> Mon, 03 Sep 2012 13:55:02 +0000 Associated Press 20477 at http://kbia.org Mo. conservation agency lifts statewide burn ban Mo. department seeks to oust feral pigs http://kbia.org/post/mo-department-seeks-oust-feral-pigs <p>The Missouri Department of Conservation has been working to rid its lands around the state of feral hogs. Thu, 16 Aug 2012 13:22:40 +0000 Associated Press 19520 at http://kbia.org Mo. department seeks to oust feral pigs Summer begins high risk period for invasive beetle species http://kbia.org/post/summer-begins-high-risk-period-invasive-beetle-species <p>Conservation agents are urging Missourians to not transport firewood in its effort to control the emerald ash borer from spreading throughout the state. Mon, 28 May 2012 13:48:18 +0000 Jacob McCleland 14872 at http://kbia.org Summer begins high risk period for invasive beetle species Missouri's newest state park donated by creator of spot remover http://kbia.org/post/missouris-newest-state-park-donated-creator-spot-remover <p>This week: St. Louis area entrepreneur Don Robinson died last month, leaving 843 acres of land to Missouri&mdash;the same size as New York&#39;s <a href="http://www.centralparknyc.org/">Central Park</a>.&nbsp; And an audio postcard of a notorious outlaw&#39;s mock trial. Fri, 20 Apr 2012 19:33:12 +0000 Scarlett Robertson & Lee Jian Chung 12756 at http://kbia.org Missouri's newest state park donated by creator of spot remover Spot remover creator Don Robinson donates Missouri's newest state park http://kbia.org/post/spot-remover-creator-don-robinson-donates-missouris-newest-state-park <p>St. Louis area entrepreneur Don Robinson died last month, leaving 843 acres of land to Missouri&mdash;the same size as New York&#39;s <a href="http://www.centralparknyc.org/">Central Park</a>.&nbsp; Fri, 20 Apr 2012 16:11:08 +0000 Scarlett Robertson 13147 at http://kbia.org Spot remover creator Don Robinson donates Missouri's newest state park