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MDC investigating bald eagle shooting near Belgrade in Washington County

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is investigating the shooting of a male bald eagle near the town of Belgrade in southern Washington County.  The incident occurred at the intersection of Highways C and...

Elk trapping pays off with new herd for Missouri

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A variety of creatures are disappearing from Missouri

The prairie chicken is hard to find nowadays. When was the last time you have come across a scorpion, prairie chicken, hellbender, jackrabbit or blue racer?  I bet some young people haven’t even seen...

Preservation group releases 2019 list of Missouri’s most endangered historic places

(Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series.) Missouri Preservation has announced its 2019 Places in Peril list which includes many places in Traveler country. Places in Peril is an annual list...

Prairie Massasauga rattlesnake

Although rattlesnakes won’t win many wildlife popularity contests, everyone who loves Missouri’s outdoors should be rooting for the Prairie Massasauga rattlesnake to hold on in the state. As is the case with many other...

American Burying Beetle

A creature that thrives on death could help biologists learn more about life in Missouri’s outdoors. American burying beetles are scavengers that benefit humans by helping clear the landscape of dead animal carcasses, but...

Endangered Species – King Rail

King rail with young July, 1999  Many people have never heard of a king rail, but making sure this state-endangered bird continues to find suitable wetland habitat in Missouri is a goal that benefits...

Neosho Madtom

Neosho Madtom (Noturus placidus):Spring River @ CR 360 (Kafir Road). Jasper County, Missouri A declining population is one of the trademarks of an endangered species, but Missouri’s Neosho madtom population seems to defy that...