state could simply drive to another state and legally hunt or fish. Because of this agreement, a violator whose privileges are revoked in Missouri will almost certainly have his or her privileges revoked in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Missouri, in turn, will honor revocations in these same states.
Witnessed the first nesting of ospreys in Missouri. Due to the effects of DDT, ospreys had disappeared from Missouri for decades. From 1994-98, with help from partners like Kansas City Power & Light Co., the Conservation Department imported young ospreys from upper Midwestern states where breeding populations still thrived to special "hacking towers" at Thomas Hill Reservoir and Mark Twain, Pony Express, Truman and Montrose lakes . Department personnel recently confirmed the existence of an active osprey nest atop a utility pole in the Deepwater arm of Truman Lake.
Created the Private Lands Program to help private landowners make their property as productive as possible for forest, fish and wildlife resources. For this effort, the Department redirected $2 million and converted 60 staff positions. As part of this program, private land conservationists contact and survey landowners to learn what services will help them achieve their visions for forest, fish and wildlife on their land. Discovered a cave crayfish species previously unknown to science. This was the first blind species of the genus Orconectes ever discovered west of the Mississippi River.
Adopted an Urban Deer Management Policy to address concerns about increasing deer populations in urban areas. The policy provides guidelines for forming cooperative partnerships with urban/suburban landowners and municipalities.
Sponsored the first "Lek Trek" in partnership with the Grasslands Coalition to heighten awareness about Missouri's grasslands. During the three-month event, trekkers supported by individual and corporate sponsors hiked sections of a 565-mile route through western Missouri, passing numerous "leks," or flat, open areas where prairie chickens perform their spring mating dance. The Grasslands Coalition selected the greater prairie chicken as the Lek Trek mascot because the large, colorful birds are unique to prairie areas. The prairie chicken now survives on only a fraction of the range it once inhabited in Missouri. It is one of hundreds of plants and animals that depend on native grasslands for survival.
Posted a record spring turkey season in terms of both harvest and safety. The three-week season produced a harvest of 56,841 turkeys, an increase of 6,503 birds over the previous record set