It’s that time of year when turtles become easy targets on Missouri and Kansas highways.
Turns out that male box turtles don’t know any better. They’re just out looking for mates, and that journey has them crossing busy highways where too often they become road kill.
In the final portion of Tuesday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with a biologist from the Missouri Department of Conservation about those all too vulnerable turtles.
Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 9:21 am
Conservation officials in Missouri want deer hunters to take precautions this fall in order to prevent the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease.
Missouri conservation officials say they are pleased with the way a three-year effort to restore elk to the southeastern part of the state is going.
The last group of elk arrived at the Peck Ranch conservation area this spring, bringing the total to around 100 animals.
Department of Conservation resource scientist Lonnie Hansen says the state will start controlling the population when it reaches about 400 elk.
Until then, the focus is on keeping the animals healthy.
Efforts to reestablish an elk population in southeastern Missouri are now in their third year, and the Missouri Department of Conservation considers the project a success.
There are close to 70 elk now living in parts of Carter, Shannon and Reynolds counties, with another 50 arriving in May.
A number of calves have been born at Peck Ranch, including this 2011 newborn.
While this summer’s drought and heat wave ravaged crops in Missouri, it actually benefitted some of the bird species within the state, especially bobwhite quail.
Recent rain showers across Missouri may salvage the state’s fall foliage, according to state conservation officials.
In Missouri, the bullfrog and green frog harvest season starts on the night of June 30th and last through the end of October.
You'll be hard-pressed to find someone who wouldn't welcome a rain shower after weeks of heat and drought in the region.
For the first time ever, an endangered species has been released back into Missouri prairies. The American Burying Beetle may be back on its way to thriving, though in this beetle's world, thriving means living underground and feasting on meatballs.
Conservation agents are urging Missourians to not transport firewood. It’s part of an effort to control the emerald ash borer from spreading throughout the state.