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Frozen Ticks and Chiggers?

After Missouri experienced some bitter cold temperatures during the first 10 days of the new year, I received questions regarding the effects of the low temperatures on this year’s populations of ticks, chiggers, armadillos and insects.

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Get Help Before the Bear Gets Your Honey

Dave Hamilton, our furbearer biologist, was working last week to help spread the word on what we can do to live with black bears.

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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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Image of a gray fox

Gray Fox

Image of a gray fox.

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Photo of a gray myotis hanging from a cave ceiling.

Gray Myotis (Gray Bat)

Gray myotises once flourished in Missouri's limestone caves, especially caves within two miles of rivers, streams, or lakes. They are an endangered species.

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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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