Wildlife Restoration

Browse Missouri's wildlife restoration success stories, including the American burying beetle, deer, elk and wild turkey.

American burying beetle

American Burying Beetle Restoration

Learn about multi-agency efforts to restore this colorful, ecologically important insect to Missouri’s prairie landscape.

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Once endangered, the bald eagle has made a comeback in Missouri. Learn we’re doing—and what you can do—to keep our bald eagle numbers strong.

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Elk Restoration

Plentiful before European settlement, elk disappeared from Missouri by 1865. In July 2010, the Department began restoring elk to a suitable area in southeast Missouri. Use these pages to follow Missouri's elk-restoration efforts.

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hellbender, a large brown salamander resting in gravelly streambed

Hellbender Restoration

Learn about coordinated efforts to reverse Missouri's hellbender decline and save the Ozark hellbender species.

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Prairie Chicken Restoration

To restore Missouri's declining prairie chicken population, the Department works with landowners where prairie-chicken restoration efforts are underway.

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Wild Turkey Restoration

In Missouri, wild turkeys were found in large numbers throughout the state. From 1840 until about 1900, historians recorded "too many wild turkeys even to consider raising tame birds" and "turkeys so numerous and easily obtained as to be scarcely worthy of consideration."

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The Missouri Species and Communities of Conservation Concern Checklist lists all of our rarest species and natural communities.

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