Content tagged with "carnivore"

Badger

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Taxidea taxus
Excellent diggers, badgers are powerful predators of rodents in grasslands and other open areas. Identify them by their brawny build, impressive digging claws and the black and white pattern on their faces. More

Black Bear

Bears
Ursus americanus
One of the largest wild mammals in Missouri, the black bear is unmistakable with its black fur and powerful bearing. More

Bobcat

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Lynx rufus
This short-tailed wild cat has a distinctive streaked and spotted pattern, a wide face and pointy ears often with black tufts. More

Coyote

coyote walking through grassland
Canis latrans
This much-maligned member of the dog family does a great service to the ecosystem by helping to hold populations of rabbits and mice in check. In addition, their yips and barks add auditory excitement to rural nights. More

Least Weasel

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Mustela nivalis
This mouse-sized weasel is found only in Missouri’s northern counties, and abundance varies locally and seasonally, depending on fluctuating rodent numbers—their favorite food. More

Least Weasel

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The least weasel is mouse-sized. It is found only in Missouri’s northern counties, and abundance varies locally and seasonally, depending on fluctuating rodent numbers—their favorite food. More

Long-Tailed Weasel

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The long-tailed weasel is a small but voracious predator. It is rare in our state but most common in the south-central and southwestern portions. In summer, they are brown with yellow beneath. In winter their fur is paler or white. The tail has a black tip. More

Long-Tailed Weasel

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Mustela frenata
These small but voracious predators are rare in our state but are most common in the south-central and southwestern portions. In summer, they are brown with yellow beneath. In winter their fur is paler or white. The tail has a black tip. More

Mink

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Mustela vison
This semiaquatic predator, a member of the weasel family, is famous for its durable, soft, valuable fur. More

Raccoon

Procyon lotor
When you see the black mask and striped tail of this medium-sized mammal, you know you’ve spotted a raccoon. These nocturnal omnivores are clever and adaptive. More