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- Published: Friday, April 19, 2019
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – Deer might be lovely animals, but not when grazing on freshly sprung tulips or hostas. And tree lovers fear antler rubs on trees and shrubs. “Unfortunately, there are few simple solutions to prevent deer damage without ...
- Published: Monday, June 19, 2017
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Cute critters by day. Thieves by night. Every gardener knows the frustration of having a beautiful flower or vegetable garden decimated by four-legged critters, said University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein. ...
- Published: Thursday, March 5, 2015
Asian carp is an invasive fish that is spreading through Midwestern rivers, displacing native species. In this video news story, learn how a commercial fishing industry based on Asian carp could create jobs and reduce the numbers of the fish. Read ...
- Published: Friday, June 7, 2013
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – There’s a new guard dog in town. And it’s more likely to bray than bark. A growing number of sheep and goat farmers are using donkeys to keep predators at bay, says Charlotte Clifford-Rathert, small-ruminant specialist at ...
Publication date: Jan. 1, 2019
White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) are found in a variety of habitats throughout Missouri. They are beautiful and fascinating animals that provide many aesthetic and recreational benefits (Figure 1).Figure 1. White-tailed deer are a valuable ...
Publication date: Nov. 1, 2018
Feral or wild hogs (Sus scrofa) have become free-ranging animals in some locations of the state, and their numbers continue to grow not only in Missouri but throughout portions of the Midwest, West Coast and southeastern United States. Because of ...
Publication date: Dec. 1, 2016
Two species of weasels occur in Missouri. Long-tailed weasels (Mustela frenata) are found throughout Missouri but are seldom seen. The smaller least weasel (Mustela nivalis) is found only in northern areas of the state (Figure 1). The upper parts of ...
Publication date: Dec. 1, 2016
The eastern chipmunk (Tamias striatus) is a ground-dwelling rodent common across Missouri, particularly in the Ozark region (Figure 1). Chipmunks have distinctive stripes on their rusty red to chestnut brown fur. Five dark brown stripes line the back ...
Publication date: Dec. 1, 2014
Few animals are more disliked or misunderstood than snakes. Irrational fears and feelings that people have about snakes come from misunderstandings and superstitions handed down from one generation to another. Snakes are not mysterious at all, and ...
Publication date: Nov. 1, 2014
Cottontail rabbits (Sylvilagus floridanus) are one of the most common game animals in Missouri (Figure 1). Cottontails begin to breed in late winter and early spring and have a gestation period of about 28 days. Litter sizes average three to five ...
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