Missouri Department of Conservation http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Audit Faults Mo. Department of Conservation For Overspending http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/audit-faults-mo-department-conservation-overspending <p>A report released on Friday by the Missouri auditor's office says the state continued to overspend on its elk restoration project, even after <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/elk-restoration-plan-comes-under-fire-state-auditor">a 2011 audit</a> found it was way over budget.</p><p>The current audit found the Missouri Department of Conservation spent close to $3.4 million to bring 129 elk into the state. Only an estimated 115 elk have survived.</p><p>But conservation department Deputy Director Tom Ripperger says those figures are misleading.</p> Sat, 07 Dec 2013 00:30:25 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 32045 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Audit Faults Mo. Department of Conservation For Overspending November Deer Harvest Down This Year From 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/november-deer-harvest-down-year-2012 <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The number of deer in Missouri harvested by hunters using firearms this November is down, compared to a year ago, and last year's drought and heat wave may have played a key role.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jim Low with the <a href="http://mdc.mo.gov/">Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC)</a> says the extreme heat and drought last summer caused a drop in the deer population in northern and central Missouri.</span></p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 22:51:49 +0000 Marshall Griffin 31796 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org November Deer Harvest Down This Year From 2012 Deer Hunters Asked To Help Prevent Spread of Chronic Wasting Disease In Mo. http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/deer-hunters-asked-help-prevent-spread-chronic-wasting-disease-mo <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Conservation officials in Missouri want deer hunters to take precautions this fall in order to prevent the spread of <a href="http://mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/deer-hunting/deer-diseases/chronic-wasting-disease">Chronic Wasting Disease</a>.</span></p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 20:23:52 +0000 Marshall Griffin 30880 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Deer Hunters Asked To Help Prevent Spread of Chronic Wasting Disease In Mo. Are Mo. Deer & Elk Threatened By Chronic Wasting Disease? Mo. House Committee Begins Hearings http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/are-mo-deer-elk-threatened-chronic-wasting-disease-mo-house-committee-begins-hearings <p>A Missouri House interim committee&nbsp;heard testimony Monday on whether <a href="http://mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/deer-hunting/deer-diseases/chronic-wasting-disease">Chronic Wasting Disease</a>, or CWD, poses a grave threat to the state's white tail deer and elk populations.</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 00:34:24 +0000 Marshall Griffin 28261 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Are Mo. Deer & Elk Threatened By Chronic Wasting Disease? Mo. House Committee Begins Hearings 39 More Elk Arrive In Missouri, Plus Another Born On The Way http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/39-more-elk-arrive-missouri-plus-another-born-way <p>A total of <a href="http://mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/mdc-adds-39-plus-1-missouri-elk-restoration-effort">40 additional elk </a>have arrived at Peck Ranch in southeastern Missouri, including a male calf born en route from Kentucky.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/QOApjsVliHk" width="560"></iframe></p> Wed, 22 May 2013 16:46:37 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 26626 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 39 More Elk Arrive In Missouri, Plus Another Born On The Way Efforts To Restore Missouri Elk Herd Succeeding, MDC Says http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/efforts-restore-missouri-elk-herd-succeeding-mdc-says <p></p><p>Efforts <a href="http://mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/wildlife-restoration/elk-restoration">to reestablish an elk population</a> in southeastern Missouri are now in their third year, and the Missouri Department of Conservation considers the project a success.</p><p>There are close to 70 elk now living in parts of Carter, Shannon and Reynolds counties, with another 50 arriving in May.</p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 22:32:07 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 25835 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Efforts To Restore Missouri Elk Herd Succeeding, MDC Says Missouri Environmental Agency Says $400 Million Needed For State Parks http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-environmental-agency-says-400-million-needed-state-parks <p></p><p>Environment Missouri, a state environmental advocacy group, kicked off its campaign today by calling on state legislators to take action on what they say are $400 million worth of back-logged repairs to state parks.</p><p>The organization says that state parks are crucial to the economy, bringing an average of 18 million visitors a year, and providing over 14,000 jobs.</p><p>Parks are currently funded by (bear with me) half of a one-tenth-of-one-cent sales tax, a tax voters have continued to renew over the years. But Environment Missouri thinks that it’s not enough.</p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 21:16:33 +0000 Sean Sandefur 25710 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Environmental Agency Says $400 Million Needed For State Parks Why Are Thousands Of Snow Geese In St. Charles And Lincoln Counties This Year? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/why-are-thousands-snow-geese-st-charles-and-lincoln-counties-year <p></p><p>If you live or spend time in St. Charles or Lincoln Counties, you’ve probably noticed an unusual number of <a href="http://mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/field-guide/snow-goose">snow geese</a> around. The birds have been congregating near the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers — estimates of their numbers run as high as 20,000.</p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 16:47:57 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 9936 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Why Are Thousands Of Snow Geese In St. Charles And Lincoln Counties This Year? Bobwhite Quail Makes Comeback In Mo., Thanks To Hot Dry Summer http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/bobwhite-quail-makes-comeback-mo-thanks-hot-dry-summer <P>This summer’s devastating drought and heat wave actually benefited some of Missouri’s native birds, in particular the bobwhite quail.</P> <P>Bobwhite quail&nbsp;build their nests on the ground, and the hot and dry weather from both this summer and last provided better conditions for incubation.&nbsp; Max Alleger is a wildlife ecologist with the <A href="http://mdc.mo.gov/">Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC)</A>.&nbsp; He says the bobwhite quail population took a big hit in 2008 due to record-setting rainfall, as it was hard for them to keep their eggs warm on wet ground. Sat, 27 Oct 2012 11:41:00 +0000 Marshall Griffin 5822 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Bobwhite Quail Makes Comeback In Mo., Thanks To Hot Dry Summer Recent Rainfall May Salvage Missouri's 2012 Fall Foliage http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/recent-rainfall-may-salvage-missouris-2012-fall-foliage <P>Missouri’s fall foliage may not be a bust this year, after all.</P> <P>Jim Low&nbsp; with the <A href="http://mdc.mo.gov/">Missouri Department of Conservation</A> says things looked pretty grim until&nbsp;a cold front this week&nbsp;dumped several inches of rain in portions of Missouri.</P> <P>“Trees were very stressed because of the lack of moisture," Low said.&nbsp; "The photosynthesis going on in those leaves was minimal." Fri, 28 Sep 2012 21:32:31 +0000 Marshall Griffin 4741 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Recent Rainfall May Salvage Missouri's 2012 Fall Foliage