U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Endangered Paddlefish
10:13 am
Mon August 4, 2014

The International Caviar Underground Faces Off Against Game Wardens In The Ozarks

Paddlefish can live 100 years.
Credit Dennis Chamberlin | medium.com

Caviar poaching has arrived in in the Ozarks.

Like sturgeon, female paddlefish bloat with tiny eggs, and a single paddlefish can contain 10 pounds of roe, worth as much as $40,000 when labeled and sold as high-grade Russian caviar. Game warden Rob Farr, who patrols rivers and reservoirs in central Missouri, now finds himself battling intrigue that extends to Russia, Kazhakstan and Iran.

Medium.com has the story from the Food and Environment Reporting Network.

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Science - Burying beetles
12:45 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Saint Louis Zoo gets approval to reintroduce American burying beetle

The American burying beetle.
(via Saint Louis Zoo)

The American burying beetle is coming back – more than three decades since it was last spotted in Missouri.

The Saint Louis Zoo and the US Fish and Wildlife Service announced on Tuesday that they have gotten approval to reintroduce the beetle at the Wah'Kon-Tah Prairie in southwest Missouri. Up to 150 breeding pairs will be placed in underground with dead animals for food - the process starts in June.

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Conservation - Endangered Species
3:46 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Endangered beetle to return to Missouri

A female American burying beetle.
(Dan Kirk/Saint Louis Zoo)

An endangered beetle could be making its way back to Missouri, with some help from the Saint Louis Zoo and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

If all goes well, the zoo plans to reintroduce the American burying beetle to Wah’ kon-tah Prairie in southwestern Missouri in early June.

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