Content tagged with "Mammals"

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Eastern Spotted Skunk

Spilogale putorius
There are two species of skunks in Missouri, the more familiar striped skunk and the lesser-known spotted skunk. The spotted skunk has been declining drastically in recent years because of habitat loss.

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Feral Hog

Sus scrofa
Feral hogs could cost Missouri millions of dollars in agricultural, environmental and property damage. As they root and wallow, they plow the soil to depths of 2–8 inches—sometimes for many acres! And this is just the beginning of the trouble they can cause to humans, livestock and the environment.

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Gray Fox

Urocyon cinereoargenteus
There are two species of foxes in Missouri. The gray fox is more likely to be seen in the southern half of the state, climbs trees readily and is less desired by both fox hunters and fur trappers.

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Photo of a gray myotis hanging from a cave ceiling.

Gray Myotis (Gray Bat)

Myotis grisescens
Gray myotises are difficult to distinguish from other mouse-eared bats. A key identifying feature of the gray myotis is that its wing is attached to the ankle and not at the base of the toes. It’s an endangered species.

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Collared, grayish-tan wolf in open field

Gray Wolf (Timber Wolf)

Canis lupus
The gray wolf originally ranged throughout Missouri, but with settlement the species was gradually exterminated. While there is no evidence of a breeding population in the state, wolves are listed as a protected species in Missouri, and they occasionally wander into Missouri from northern states.

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Photo of an Indiana myotis hanging from a cave ceiling.

Indiana Myotis (Indiana Bat)

Myotis sodalis
The Indiana myotis, or Indiana bat, summers along streams and rivers in north Missouri, raising its young under the bark of certain trees. It is an endangered species.

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Least Weasel

Mustela nivalis
This mouse-sized weasel is found only in Missouri’s northern counties, and abundance varies locally and seasonally, depending on fluctuating rodent numbers—their favorite food.

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Photo of a little brown myotis hanging from cave wall with lesions on its wrist.

Little Brown Myotis (Little Brown Bat)

Myotis lucifugus
The little brown myotis (little brown bat) is one of our most common bats, but populations are declining. White-nose syndrome has taken a heavy toll in northeastern states. This species is now listed as vulnerable across its range.

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Long-Tailed Weasel

Mustela frenata
These small but voracious predators are rare in our state but are most common in the south-central and southwestern portions. In summer, they are brown with yellow beneath. In winter their fur is paler or white. The tail has a black tip.

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Mustela vison
This semiaquatic predator, a member of the weasel family, is famous for its durable, soft, valuable fur.

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