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Image of a belted crayfish

Belted Crayfish

Orconectes harrisoni
This medium-small, tan crayfish — found only in the Big River and its tributaries — has a distinctive pattern of alternating olive-green and reddish-brown bands on the abdominal segments.

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Child Fishing with Fish In Net

Bennett Spring to host Kids' Fishing Day on May 3

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Image of a big creek crayfish

Big Creek Crayfish

Orconectes peruncus
This moderately small, brown crayfish has a very localized distribution centered in Big Creek and its tributaries, in the St. Francis River basin. It lacks bright colors, but blackish specks and blotches occur over the top surfaces of the body and pincers.

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Black Bear at Birdfeeder

Black Bear at Birdfeeder

Don't feed wildlife. Keeping birdfeeders full in summer can make nuisances of bears -- such as this one raiding a backyard feeder -- along with raccoons, squirrels, deer, and other wildlife looking for easy pickings. Get help from MDC with nuisance wildlife and learn how to prevent problems at mdc.mo.gov/node/2573.

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Black Bear Research Project

Black Bear Research Project

MDC Resource Scientist, Jeff Beringer, extracts a tooth from a tranquilized black bear for study.

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Black Carp

Mylopharyngodon piceus
This large, invasive carp from Asia eats mussels and snails and can damage populations of native mollusks. It is illegal to transport live black carp across state lines.

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Black Hickory

Carya texana
This tree is also called the Ozark pignut hickory. Its nut, like that of the pignut hickory (Carya glabra), has a tough husk that is doggone hard to crack. Because rural Ozarkers noticed their rooting hogs had no trouble extracting the sweet kernels, both species came to be called "pignut hickories."

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Blackspotted Topminnow

Fundulus olivaceus
This sleek, swift little fish lives in the quiet, clear sections of rivers mostly south of the Missouri River. Topminnows have a habit of skimming along just beneath the surface of the water.

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