Missouri Department of Conservation

Collaborative ruffed grouse restoration efforts underway in northern Wisconsin

Effort to translocate up to 300 grouse to Missouri over three-year period. Missouri Department of Conservation will provide Wisconsin DNR with a donation that will be used to create early-successional forest habitat in the areas where grouse trapping will occur. This work will benefit grouse and other wildlife species that depend on early-successional forest habitat.

Researchers: Missouri’s black bear population growing

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — An ongoing research project by the Missouri Department of Conservation has found that the state’s black bear population is growing. Researcher Laura Conlee told the Springfield News-Leader that Missouri has seen high survival rates for female bears, which leads to population growth. She says reported bear sightings are also increasing. Most black bears are spotted south of…

Missouri investigators seeking information after 7 white pelicans shot

Brooding white pelicans sit on their nests at Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge in North Dakota. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)HANNIBAL, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation is investigating after seven white pelicans were fatally shot near the northeast Missouri town of Hannibal. The Hannibal Courier-Post reports that the carcasses of the federally-protected pelicans were found Monday. Matt Markley…