MDC presents informative program on Missouri’s bears, mountain lions and other new mammals Feb. 24

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KIRKWOOD, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants to help you learn about the newest developments in these exciting times for Missouri wildlife, including mountain lions, bears and armadillos.  MDC’s Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center will present a special program Friday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. titled New Mammals in Missouri: Invasive, Introduced or Interlopers.  The program is free and open to ages 12 and up.

The program will be given by MDC’s St. Louis Regional Wildlife Damage Biologist Tom Meister.  Meister will present the latest information about mammals that are relatively new on the Missouri landscape, including mountain lions, black bears, feral hogs, elk, armadillos, nutria, and wolves.   He’ll discuss how these animals got here, or whether some may have always been here, and the impact they could have on the diversity of the state’s natural resources.

Meister has more than 20 years’ experience as a naturalist and wildlife biologist, and has been a member of research, relocation, and response teams for mountain lions, black bears, elk, and feral hogs.  The New Mammals in Missouri program will be an excellent opportunity to help separate the facts from the misconceptions regarding these animals.

Reservations are required in advance by calling 314-301-1500.  Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center is located at 11715 Cragwold Road in Kirkwood, near the intersection of I-44 and I-270.

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