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Science and Technology
4:17 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Black bears moving farther north into Missouri

Jason Empey FLICKR

A group founded last month in Columbia is trying to educate Missourians about black bears.

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Science and Technology
8:20 am
Mon May 26, 2014

As black bear population reaches about 300, researchers shift focus

Credit Jason Empey / FLICKR

The Missouri Department of Conservation now estimates that the Show Me State’s black bear population is about 300.

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Science and Technology
4:21 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Conservation dept. needs extra hands for turtle research

Credit Staff / Missouri Department of Conservation

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.

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.

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7:50 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Mo. government agencies encourage statewide clean-up

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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."

Missouri's Conservation and Transportation departments are sponsoring the event, which also includes educational efforts in schools, community events, and Earth Day celebrations.

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.

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7:48 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Arson suspected in Truman Reservoir fires

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State conservation officials suspect arson in about 20 wildfires near the Truman Reservoir in west-central Missouri in the past week.

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.

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.

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5:53 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Smoke from private controlled burning blown into downtown Columbia

A controlled burn of Tucker Prairie.
Credit Brendan Gibbons / KBIA

  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.

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.

“There’s nothing abnormal about this going on right now. This is our natural cover fire season, and this is also the time that people do open burning to burn off their fields etcetera,” Blomenkamp said.

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9:07 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Cold winter killing fish in Missouri lakes

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Missouri's cold winter is killing off more fish than usual in ponds and lakes.

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Missouri Environment
9:04 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Elk program pleases hunters, but not farmers

These two bull elk were among the first to arrive at Peck Ranch in May, 2011. They were outfitted with GPS collars for tracking purposes.
David Stonner Missouri Department of Conservation

In 2011, the Department of Conservation started reintroducing elk into the state of Missouri.  The elk were brought in from Kentucky and released onto land designated as the Elk Relocation Zone.  Part of this “zone” is conservation land in the Missouri Ozarks called Peck Ranch. 

Right now, there’s a herd of more than a hundred elk roaming around in the Missouri Ozarks.  But, you might not know it just by looking around.  You see, they’re actually kind of hard to find in the woods.

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Science, Health and Technology
3:01 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

DNA test confirms canine shot in Missouri is a wolf

Scientists with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service used DNA tests to confirm this canid, shot and killed in Wayne County, is a grey wolf.
Credit Courtesy of Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Update 11.21 a.m. 1/15/14: 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.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:15 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

MDC conducting DNA test to determine if killed animal is a wolf

Scientists with the Missouri Department of Conservation are conducting DNA tests to determine whether this canid, shot and killed in Wayne County, is a wolf.
Credit Courtesy of Missouri Department of Conservation


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?

Scientists with the Missouri Department of Conservation are using DNA testing to find out.

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7:56 am
Mon December 9, 2013

State audit faults conservation dept. for overspending on elk restoration

These two bull elk were among the first to arrive at Peck Ranch in May, 2011. They were outfitted with GPS collars for tracking purposes.
Credit David Stonner / Missouri Department of Conservation

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 2011 audit found it was way over budget.

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.

But conservation department Deputy Director Tom Ripperger says those figures are misleading.

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5:19 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Missouri State Parks acquires Camp Zoe

Missouri has acquired about 300 acres in south-central Missouri that had been forfeited after the owner was convicted of federal drug charges.

The state Department of Conservation said Monday that Missouri 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.

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Arts and Culture
6:12 am
Thu November 7, 2013

It's that time of year to look out for deer on the road

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November is deer-mating season, and as the deer mate -- drivers are at a higher risk of hitting them. 

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4:23 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Hunters urged to take caution to combat Chronic Wasting Disease

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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.

Joe Jerek with the state Conservation Department said hunters should wear latex gloves when field-dressing a deer.

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2:17 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Why arborists are providing TLC for the 'Big Tree'

The Big Tree, a 300 year old Bur Oak, has become a Mid-Missouri landmark.
Kate Grumke KBIA

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.

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8:47 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Mo. Department of Conservation opens to public input

Missouri Department of Conservation
Credit File Photo / KBIA

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.

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Harvest Public Media
3:49 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Flames fuel prairie revival [video]

The size of Tucker Prairie has been slightly reduced since the construction of I-70; the area is 145 acres.
Brendan Gibbons KBIA

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.

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2:00 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Why are there 50,000 snow geese in mid-Missouri?

Birds flock at the 4,400-acre Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area.
Sally French Missouri Drone Journalism Program

On Saturday as many as 50,000 snow geese congregated at Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area, a 4,400-acre wildlife refuge southwest of Columbia.

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4:53 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Deer season a boost for business in Kirksville

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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.

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8:23 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Hunters clash with Dept. of Conservation over Chronic Wasting Disease

File Image KBIA News

Missouri hunters disagree over The Department of Conservation’s actions to combat Chronic Wasting Disease, or CWD, a neurological disease that affects deer.

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.

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1:55 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Hunters could help fight hunger

Missouri hunters can fight hunger this hunting season. The Missouri Department of Conservation and the Conservation Federation of Missouri sponsor the Share the Harvest 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.

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11:21 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Favorable weather leads to good urban deer hunting season

File Image KBIA News

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.

This year’s urban deer hunt had a harvest of more than 1,100 deer statewide, almost double the figure from last year.

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.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:58 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Deer dying in Mo. due to fly-biting disease

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The Missouri Conservation Department says it has been getting reports of hundreds of dead deer around the state.

The agency says the deer appear to have fallen victim to hemorrhagic disease, which is spread by the bites of the small midge fly.

As of mid-September, the department had received reports of about 2,800 dead deer, with the disease being the suspected cause.

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.

8:55 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Mo. conservation agency lifts statewide burn ban


Campfires once again will be allowed at Missouri conservation areas, thanks to rain from the remnants of Tropical Storm Isaac this Labor Day weekend.

The Missouri Department of Conservation had issued a fire ban in June for its public properties because of the hot, dry summer.

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.

8:22 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Mo. department seeks to oust feral pigs

The Missouri Department of Conservation has been working to rid its lands around the state of feral hogs.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:48 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Summer begins high risk period for invasive beetle species

A purple trap used for a U.S.-government-sponsored nationwide emerald ash borer tracking program.

Conservation agents are urging Missourians to not transport firewood in its effort to control the emerald ash borer from spreading throughout the state.

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Off the Clock
2:33 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Missouri's newest state park donated by creator of spot remover

Don Robinson
Photo courtsey of Nancy Rice

This week: St. Louis area entrepreneur Don Robinson died last month, leaving 843 acres of land to Missouri—the same size as New York's Central Park.  And an audio postcard of a notorious outlaw's mock trial.

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Arts and Culture
11:11 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Spot remover creator Don Robinson donates Missouri's newest state park

Scarlett Robertson KBIA

St. Louis area entrepreneur Don Robinson died last month, leaving 843 acres of land to Missouri—the same size as New York's Central Park

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