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Hunter-Shot Coyote is Wolf

DNA shows hunter-shot canine from October to be wandering wolf

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USFWS confirms animal shot in Howard County last fall to be a gray wolf, not coyote.

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dove in hand with banded leg

Dove trapping and banding workshop in Fayette

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Photo of downy skullcap flower clusters

Downy Skullcap

Scutellaria incana
Showy clusters of blue-violet, two-lipped flowers adorn downy skullcap. This native mint is found mostly in the southern half of the state.

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This photo shows several jars containing different types of dried mushrooms.

Dried Mushrooms

This photo shows several jars containing different types of dried mushrooms.

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Photo of dwarf spiderwort flower clusters

Dwarf Spiderwort (Wild Crocus)

Tradescantia longipes
Dwarf spiderwort is a low-growing perennial with bright magenta, purple, or purplish-blue flowers with three petals arranged in a triangular pattern. It blooms in Ozark woodlands in April and May.

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Photo of early saxifrage plant with flower

Early Saxifrage (Virginia Saxifrage)

Micranthes virginiensis (also called Saxifraga virginiensis)
The name "saxifrage" means "rock-breaker." The meaning of the name helps you remember the habitat of early saxifrage—rock outcroppings, ledges, glades, and bluffs. In Missouri, it blooms February through June.

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eastern coachwhip

Eastern Coachwhip

Coluber flagellum flagellum
This large, slender, nonvenomous snake usually escapes in an explosive burst of speed. It is fast-moving and thrashes when captured, which led to the stubborn myth that this snake can whip a person to death.

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Eastern Collared Lizard

Crotaphytus collaris
The eastern collared lizard is colorful and has a long tail. If surprised in an open area with no rock crevices nearby to dart into, it often runs on its hind limbs with the forward part of the body held upright.

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Eastern musk turtle (stinkpot)

Eastern Musk Turtle (Stinkpot; Common Musk Turtle)

Sternotherus odoratus
The eastern musk turtle is one of the world’s smallest turtles. It has a dark, domed upper shell and reduced lower shell. It occurs along our Mississippi River counties and in the southern two-thirds of the state.

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