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Photo of a Big Creek crayfish.

Big Creek Crayfish

Orconectes peruncus
The Big Creek crayfish is moderately small and brown. It 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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Illustration of black hickory compound leaf and fruit.

Black Hickory

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

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Image of a blackspotted topminnow

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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bleeding shiner

Bleeding Shiner

Luxilus zonatus
Like several other shiners found in clear Ozark streams, male bleeding shiners sport brilliant red during breeding season, especially May and early June. Check your identification by the presence of a dark, crescent bar behind the gill cover, and the dark stripe that abruptly narrows just behind the gill opening.

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Blue Spring in snow

Blue Spring in Snow

Blue Spring in snow.

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