Annual Report Fiscal Year 2010–2011
conservation area is within the 346-square-mile elk restoration zone that encompasses parts of Carter, Shannon and Reynolds counties. The elk were captured in December 2010, and January 2011, by MDC staff in cooperation with biologists from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. The elk restoration plan includes monitoring elk movements, habitat use, and demographics, and addresses situations when elk move onto land where they are not welcome. Automobile routes have been opened on Peck Ranch CA to allow visitors to view free-ranging elk.
Black bear research
MDC, in cooperation with Mississippi State University and with funding from the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act, began the first ever black bear research project in Missouri. A total of 13 black bears were captured and fitted with GPS radio collars across the southwest portion of the state. All captured bears were outfitted with ear tags for identification. The average weight of adult male bears was 321 pounds. The average weight of adult female bears was 185 pounds.
Feral hog eradication
Since 2009, MDC has captured 502 and euthanized 486 feral hogs as part of the eradication effort. Eleven hogs were captured and released with tracking collars to provide information about their movement, which also aids in developing effective eradication plans.
Conservation agents coordinate and support the Share the Harvest program with the Conservation Federation of Missouri, local charitable organizations and local meat processors. Together, these groups have supported the donations of more than 256 tons of meat during the past two years. In FY11, approximately 5,731 hunters donated 305,643 pounds of venison to less-fortunate Missourians.
The nine communities of the Redings Mill Fire Protection District are the first in Missouri to be recognized as Firewise Communities/USA. This is a National Fire Protection Association program co-sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Association of State Foresters. The goal is to promote the use of technology, policy and practices that minimize the loss of life and property to wildfire, independent of firefighting.
Community tree care
Interest in the Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance cost-share program continues to be strong as Missouri towns have experienced numerous severe weather events. In FY11, MDC spent $206,386 funding 31 chosen applications. Applicants matched the MDC contribution by 48 percent providing $194,059 in local