Numbers matter in Missouri’s feral hog fight

PIEDMONT, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and its partners can’t help but look at the numbers when it comes to feral hogs. Mark McLain is MDC’s feral hog team coordinator for the southeast region. When he added up the number of hogs trapped over the last two years, he realized those weren’t the only hogs that were taken off the land.

The southeast region hog team trapped 1,453 hogs in 2015 and 1,707 hogs so far in 2016. Add in the reproduction factor of feral hogs and the impact is huge.

Cape Nature Center presents ‘The Buzz about Pollinators’ Aug. 27

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO. – The Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center will host an event, The Buzz about Pollinators, Saturday, Aug. 27, from 9 a.m. to noon. Naturalist Michelle Randecker said this event will help people understand the vital role pollinators play in our food production and in nature.

“We’ll focus on native pollinators such as butterflies, flies, some beetles, bees and wasps and how they help us,” Randecker said. “We’ll also talk about what we can do to help them.”

Doran named new Conservation Agent for Perry County

PERRY COUNTY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has named Christopher Doran as the new Conservation Agent for Perry County. Doran was the Howard County Conservation Agent for the past seven years.

A Southeast Missouri native, Doran graduated high school from Poplar Bluff in 2000 and received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Southeast Missouri State University in 2004 and a master’s degree in criminal justice from University of Central Missouri in 2014.  

Birding sites in central and southeast added to Great Missouri Birding Trail website

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages beginner and seasoned birders to discover nature by exploring the “best of the best” places to birdwatch around Missouri.  Finding them is as easy as going online to the new website, Great Missouri Birding Trail, at

Central and Southeast Trail portions have recently been added to the website for additional birding site options.

MDC announces new private land conservationist for Bollinger, Madison counties

MARBLE HILL, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces Wes Buchheit is the new Private Land Conservationist (PLC) for Bollinger and Madison counties.

Tony Jaco, MDC’s private lands regional supervisor, said Buchheit’s knowledge of southeast Missouri and his conservation experience will serve him well in the new position. “Wes is familiar with the southeast Missouri landscape and he understands local conservation needs,” Jaco said.

Grant funds, hog hunting ban make gains in feral hog fight

PIEDMONT, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and its partners are already seeing the benefits of grant funds designated to help fight the invasive feral hog population. Paired with recent banning of hog hunting on conservation areas, this marks progress in the fight against feral hogs according to John Burk, a regional wildlife biologist with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF).

Burk and a group of representatives of the organizations partnered in the feral hog fight had the chance to watch new trapping equipment in action recently.

MDC welcomes new community forester to southeast region

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) welcomes Jennifer Behnken as the new community forester for Missouri’s southeast region. Behnken replaces Rocky Hayes, who was recently promoted to forestry regional supervisor.


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