Outdoors

MDC and rural fire departments are partners in fighting wildfires

One of the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) partners in fighting or preventing wildfires turns 75 this year, while the others are of greatly varying ages. All are valuable, as is MDC’s role in protecting private property and wildlife habitat from accidental or arson fires in rural areas.

Celebrate Missouri trees with MDC through Arbor Days in April

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages Missourians to celebrate the value of Missouri trees and forests during Arbor Days in April by planting native trees and practicing proper tree care.

Conservation Federation of Missouri offers $8,500 reward to help MDC with elk poaching conviction

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is still looking for leads on the two elk shot in Shannon County Feb. 8, near the Log Yard. The Conservation Federation of Missouri (CFM) and Operation Game Thief (OGT) are now offering a $8,500 reward for information leading to the conviction of the poacher/s that shot the two elk. One of the elk was a 10-year-old bull, brought to Missouri from Kentucky in 2011. The other was an adult cow, born in Missouri.

Are there any black cats in the Ozarks?

    In Texas about eight or 10 years ago, an animal attacked a young girl, about 11 or 12 years old, and the fact that she survived is nothing but a miracle. Her skull was torn badly, nearly crushed and her scalp was gone. She underwent surgery for seven hours, her heart stopping several times. Today she is a young woman of 19 or 20 years of age, and recently she was on the Animal Planet television network (one of the few stations I watch) talking about what happened to her.

Spring, ground hogs, and calling turkeys

    Spring has been slow to arrive. Punxsutawney Phil, the infamous groundhog from out East, has presumably been fired. He missed the weather mark...again. Not an unusual thing among modern day weathermen, and groundhogs, however.