Missouri Department of Conservation

Missouri Department of Conservation

On this episode of Going Public, we sit down with Nate Muenks, habitat management coordinator for the Missouri Department of Conservation. They're currently collaborating with MoDOT and the Missouri Prairie Foundation on an invasive species strike team along Southeast roadways.

Missouri Department of Conservation

Cape Girardeau, Perry, and Bollinger counties have been added to a list of 7 Missouri counties placed under new restrictions for feeding and giving minerals to deer, and considered to be Chronic Wasting Disease management zones.

Missouri Department of Conservation

Sunday afternoon, a black bear was found dead in the Current River near Van Buren. It was estimated to weigh about 400 pounds, and the cause of death is unknown.

Candice Davis, media specialist for the Missouri Department of Conservation, says considering the busy campgrounds along the Current River and in the Ozarks, the bear discovery was not out-of-place for this time of year.

“Bears will naturally visit rivers for food and water, so it was in a natural bear habitat,” says Candice.

Courtesy of: Sara Turner/MDC

Travel company, TripAdvisor has announced the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center as a 2018 recipient of their Certificate of Excellence.

Requiring businesses to maintain a rating of at least four out of five bubbles and have a minimum number of reviews on the site, the certificate considers attractions, restaurants and accommodations worldwide.

Nature center manager, Sara Turner says she’s thankful for the recognition, and feels that it verifies that people appreciate the work they do there.

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Working our way into spring, we may see more wildlife in unexpected places: bird nests on the porch, a few bunnies in our flower beds. As cute as they may be, the Missouri Department of Conservation advises us to leave the babies be. Joe Jerek, News Services Coordinator for the MDC, says the absence of animal parents could make their young seem abandoned, when they're actually not.