Mid-Missouri is seeing an increase in its population of armored inhabitants.
Armadillo sightings are becoming a normal occurrence for both residents and motorists north of the Missouri River.
Missouri Conservation Agent Bob Lyons says the river itself was assumed to be a roadblock in armadillos’ path to Mid-Missouri.
“They’ve moved up from the south and have progressively increased over the years,” Lyons said. “Everybody always thought that they’d never be able to cross over the Missouri River, but they certainly know how in some fashion.”