Content tagged with "mammal"

If You Encounter a Mountain Lion

The chance of a meeting a mountain lion on a Missouri trail is almost zero, but knowing how to recognize and respond to threatening behaviors can help you avoid or survive a close encounter. More

Indiana Bat

Image of an indiana bat
Myotis sodalis
Indiana bats summer along streams and rivers in north Missouri, raising their young under bark of certain trees. They are listed as endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the state of Missouri. More

Least Weasel

Photo of least weasel
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

Least Weasel

Photo of least weasel
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

Linn County sighting confirmed to be a mountain lion

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Mountain Lion
MDC confirms fifth report in recent months. More

Little Brown Bat

A little brown bat with lesions in its wrist
Myotis lucifugus
One of the few kinds of mammals that people can watch, bats have suffered from misinformation and superstition for years. These furry little "angels of the night" are greatly important in the natural scheme of things. 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

Photo of long-tailed weasel
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

Macon County Cougar Track

Closeup photo of cougar tracks in mud and measuring tape to show scale
This landowner photo helped MDC's Mountain Lion Response Team confirm the presence of a mountain lion in northern Macon County in April of 2011. More