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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of least weasel

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.

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Mountain Lion

Linn County sighting confirmed to be a mountain lion

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MDC confirms fifth report in recent months.

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A little brown bat with lesions in its wrist

Little Brown Bat

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.

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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.

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Long-Tailed Weasel

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.

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Macon County Cougar Track

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.

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