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Published on: Feb. 17, 2011

the animals in a sealed container. Your veterinarian may be able to help if you feel that euthanizing the animals is the most appropriate solution.

Missouri prohibits importing, exporting or releasing fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals or any other form of wildlife unless specifically authorized by the Wildlife Code. Missouri’s Wildlife Code also establishes a list of “Prohibited Species” that may not be possessed in Missouri. This list includes snakehead fish, walking catfish, rusty crayfish and several species of snails. For a complete list see 3 CSR 10-4.117 of the Wildlife Code.

Inspect, Drain, Clean, Dry

Anglers play a critical role in preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species. Prevention provides the best short-term and long-term benefits to Missouri. Here are a few steps you can take to protect our waters.

  • Inspect your equipment, waders, boots, nets, boats, and trailers thoroughly and remove any trash, mussels or aquatic weeds before leaving any water body;
  • Drain water from buckets, sample jars, motors, live wells, bilge and transom wells, trailers and any other water from your boat and equipment before leaving any water body;
  • Clean everything with heated fresh water (like a car wash or pressure washer); and,
  • Dry everything thoroughly in the hot sun before using it again.

Landowners Care for Our Streams

The Conservation Department works with landowners to sustain healthy streams. To help with stream conservation, here are few things landowners can do:

  • First and always, protect stream banks and riparian corridors for both rural and urban streams. Maintaining dense and permanent vegetation (trees when possible and appropriate) is vital to the safeguarding of these streams.
  • Keep livestock from streams and eroding banks. Consider alternative watering sources, and use rotational grazing practices. To learn more, visit or contact your regional Conservation Department office (see Page 3 for phone numbers).
  • Minimize field runoff by maintaining or restoring native vegetation along streams, using well-designed stream crossings, and maintaining septic systems.
  • Do not drive ATVs directly into stream channels.
  • Limit the use of pesticides and herbicides around homes that border streams.
  • Harvest stream corridor trees with the advice of a forester.
  • Support and participate in programs aimed at protecting stream corridors. Examples include the Natural Resource Conservation Service’s Conservation Reserve Program and the Stream Team Program.

These are some of the ways we can all become involved in protecting our valuable Missouri Streams. To learn more about stream management, visit or contact your regional Conservation Department office (see Page 3 for phone numbers).

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