Fiscal Year 2012–2013 Annual Report Summary
deer harvest in southern Missouri, thus intensifying the population effects of the hemorrhagic disease outbreak in local areas.
Stocking Public Waters
- Urban Fishing: During 2012, 48 urban lakes were managed for fishing. A total of 149,082 keeper-sized fish were stocked in these lakes; this included 96,470 channel catfish and 52,612 rainbow trout.Department employees stock trout in urban lakes, such as this one at August A. Busch Conservation Area.
- Cold-Water Fish: In 2012, cold-water hatcheries stocked 1,708,786 trout. Trout were stocked in four trout parks, 12 stream special management areas, and Lake Taneycomo. Trout parks sold 312,144 daily adult and 63,326 daily youth tags. Anglers purchased 94,894 annual trout permits.
- Warm-Water Fish: In 2012, 3.4 million fish were stocked in public waters. Fish stocked include hybrid striped bass, muskie, paddlefish, largemouth bass, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish, and walleye.
Feral Hog Eradication Efforts
Department staff in cooperation with state and federal agencies, conservation groups, agricultural organizations, and private landowners, including farmers, eradicated more than 1,000 feral hogs in Missouri as part of a five-year plan. The plan has developed cooperative relationships, assisted landowners, increased the number of hogs eradicated, and improved Department communications.
The Department’s Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery in Branson and the Saint Louis Zoo’s Ron Goellner Center for Hellbender Conservation, with support from other agencies and private citizens, worked together to keep Missouri’s largest salamander from extinction through cutting edge efforts. Eight female Ozark hellbenders laid more than 2,800 eggs with about 2,500 26 Missouri Conservationist January 2014 of these successfully hatching into larvae. During the summer of 2012, 89 eastern hellbenders raised at the hatchery and 66 Ozark hellbenders raised at the zoo were released into their native Ozark rivers.
Black Bear Research Project
The Department completed a statewide black bear population estimation project in 2012. Our population work resulted in identifying 141 individual bears and an overall population estimate of 252 bears. Black bear distribution in southern Missouri appears patchy and restricted to areas of continuous forest such as the Mark Twain National Forest.
Furbearers and Trapping
During the 2012 fur hunting and trapping season, more than 9,000 trapping permits were sold — a 25-year high. Fur harvests during the 2012 season broke records with an all-time record harvest of bobcats, a second highest of all-time otter harvest, and the highest coyote harvest in 25 years.
Conserving All Wildlife