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Image of an eastern chipmunk

Eastern Chipmunk

Image of an eastern chipmunk.

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Image of an eastern chipmunk

Eastern Chipmunk

Tamias striatus
These sleek, attractive, active ground-dwelling squirrels live in tunnels but are generally out during the day, making them one of the few mammals that people can enjoy watching.

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Eastern Cottontail

Sylvilagus floridanus
“Cottontail” describes the characteristic appearance of this rabbit's tail: when it is raised, the white undersurface is conspicuous and resembles a fluff of cotton.

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Eastern cottontail rabbit in grassy field

Eastern Cottontail

Eastern cottontail rabbits are common in Missouri.

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eastern mole

Eastern Mole

Scalopus aquaticus
These plush-furred, large-handed critters are infamous for disfiguring lawns as they tunnel belowground hunting for grubs and cutworms—many of which are also disliked by landscapers!

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Eastern Pipistrelle

Perimyotis subflavus (Pipistrellus subflavus)
One of the few kinds of mammals that people can watch, bats have suffered from misinformation and superstition for years. The only mammals capable of true flight, bats are greatly important in the natural scheme of things.

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Eastern Spotted Skunk

Spilogale putorius
There are two species of skunks in Missouri, the more familiar striped skunk and the lesser-known spotted skunk. The spotted skunk has been declining drastically in recent years because of habitat loss.

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Elk

Audio of elk in natural setting.

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Elk in Natural Setting

Video of elk in a natural setting.

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Elk Restoration

Plentiful before European settlement, elk disappeared from Missouri by 1865. In July 2010, the Department began restoring elk to a suitable area in southeast Missouri. Use these pages to follow Missouri's elk-restoration efforts.

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