Jackson County conservation agent walking in father’s MDC footsteps

LOCKWOOD, Mo. – “Like father, like son” is a saying that has special meaning to Jeremy Edwards and his son, Jobe. Enforcing the fish, forest, and wildlife regulations of Missouri is a family vocation for the Edwards family.  One of the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) newest conservation agents – Jobe Edwards in Jackson County…

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Recycled live Christmas trees provide ‘a special gift’ for fish, wildlife

As the holiday season closes, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) hopes residents will donate their live Christmas tree to fish and wildlife in their area as a natural, year-round shelter. Salvador Mondragon, MDC fisheries management biologist, said Christmas trees can easily be used to improve habitat in ponds, lakes, or even a backyard. “Natural…

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MDC changes turkey regulations for spring hunting 

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has changed turkey hunting regulations for the spring season and has proposed regulation changes for the fall seasons.  The Missouri Conservation Commission approved the changes for the spring season at its Dec. 8 open meeting in Jefferson City, and also gave initial approval on proposed regulation changes to fall…

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MDC assigns a new conservation agent for Buchanan County

Kelsey Gillenwater is the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) new agent patrolling Buchanan County.  Gillenwater joins the MDC team serving the public and protecting forests, fish, and wildlife resources in northwest Missouri.  She is already familiar with the geography. Gillenwater is a St. Joseph native with a degree in wildlife conservation and management from Missouri…

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MDC announces zoo-reared eastern hellbender found with clutch of eggs on Gasconade River

Roughly a year after a zoo-reared Ozark hellbender successfully fathered a clutch of eggs in the wild, an eastern hellbender has followed suit.  The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recently confirmed the first eastern hellbender raised in human care at the St. Louis Zoo has reproduced in the wild on the Gasconade River. The news…

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