MDC: Ten Mile Pond Area pending closure from rising flood waters

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants waterfowl hunters and others to know that rising flood waters will most likely force staff to close the Department's Ten Mile Pond Conservation Area in southeast Missouri for public safety at some point over the next few days. The closure will happen when flood waters cover the low points on HWY FF, which leads off of HWY AA and on to HWY VV into the conservation area. Other roads leading to Ten Mile Pond are already inaccessible due to high water.

MDC seeks info about poached bull elk found at Current River

SHANNON COUNTY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is investigating a dead bull elk recently found along the Current River in Shannon County and asks the public to report any related information to the Department's Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-392-1111.

According to MDC preliminary information, the elk appears to have been shot and the skull plate and antlers were removed with a chainsaw. The rest of the carcass was left intact.

Conservation Department promotes Barton to Protection District Supervisor

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces the promotion of Billy Barton of Iron County to Protection District Supervisor. In his new duties, Barton now supervises conservation agents in Iron, Reynolds, Wayne and Butler Counties.

"Through his work history and experience, Billy brings the necessary leadership skills to assume this role," said Ken West, the Protection Regional Supervisor for MDC's southeast region. "He exhibits several character traits indicative of true leaders, including honesty and approachability."

MDC: Experts share wildlife habitat tips at month-long seminar

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces a free month-long Wildlife Seminar open to the public. MDC biologists will host a session every Tuesday evening in January from 6 to 7:45 p.m. at Mineral Area College.

Topics will range from how to improve wildlife habitat on private property to updates on Missouri elk, black bear, quail and turkey populations, native landscaping and song bird identification.

MDC seeks public input for three southeast conservation areas

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants to know what Missourians think about its nearly 1,000 conservation areas around the state. MDC is in the multi-year process of updating management plans for conservation areas and invites public comments.

MDC: Report all sightings of feral hogs to promote eradication

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) continues to work with legislators, community groups, partner agencies and landowners to grow awareness about and eradicate feral hogs from the landscape. MDC has learned from other states, and through trends in Missouri, that hunting does not help to eradicate hogs and results in expanding populations. Feral hog eradication efforts have increased this year through trapping and citizens are asked to report feral hog sightings or damage as soon as possible.

MDC: Cape Nature Center gallery display celebrates attention to detail

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – A new nature-themed art display graces the walls of The Missouri Department of Conservation's Cape Girardeau Nature Center each month. For December, the display is a collection of photographs titled, "Oh, what beautiful things you'll see" by Bridget Jackson, an MDC education consultant.

Jackson isn't a professional photographer. She took up the hobby about five years ago. However, she hopes her images will encourage others to unplug in nature and take a deeper look at the natural world.

MDC: Celebrate the holidays with help from the Cape Nature Center

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – As the seasons change and the holidays approach, the Missouri Department of Conservation's Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center has incorporated holiday themed events into their program schedule.

"Many natural items accentuate traditional holiday decorations, such as Christmas trees, wreaths and popular centerpieces," said Sara Turner, manager of the nature center. "We like to take that even further with ornaments, cards and gifts that highlight nature and are eco-friendly."

MDC: Blue crab surprises researchers during Mississippi River fish sampling

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – A blue crab recently surprised resource scientists with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) during fish sampling on the Mississippi River. The fish sampling was part of a statewide paddlefish research project which is checking the quality of sport fish in Missouri's large rivers, tributaries and lakes. The researchers are looking for quality, self-sustaining wild populations of paddlefish to ensure harvest opportunities for both sport and commercial fishing.

Natural factors causing trout die-off at Shepherd of the Hills

An unfortunate combination of late-autumn water conditions has caused a die-off of trout at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery.


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