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Top 5 Businesses That Should Care About Operating an Effective Pigeon Control Program
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Top 5 Businesses That Should Care About Operating an Effective Pigeon Control Program

(STL.News) There are many cities, businesses and other areas that may find a bird infestation a nuisance.  However, certain establishments cannot afford to simply ignore a growing bird problem due to their obligation to provide a safe environment for their employees, an uncontaminated product for their customers or to adhere, for example, to OSHA regulations. Conventional methods including spikes and nets can be used to keep the birds off or out of certain areas. In some states, trapping or poisoning the birds is often considered.  These methods each have their pros and cons, however, depending on the extent of the problem, and the size of the population, only one method can, in fact, reduce bird reproduction – birth control. Large facilities such as oil refineries, power plants, steel m...
Missouri Department of Conservation Tests Show Seven New Chronic Wasting Disease Cases in SW Missouri
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Missouri Department of Conservation Tests Show Seven New Chronic Wasting Disease Cases in SW Missouri

STE. GENEVIEVE COUNTY, MO (STL.News) The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces that fall sampling for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) resulted in seven new positive cases of the disease in Ste. Genevieve and Perry counties.  One of the positive tests resulted from a deer found wandering a Ste. Genevieve County property, visibly sick and unresponsive. “The landowner called the conservation agent to report a sick deer wandering on his property; the deer was not alert, had that ‘wasting away’ physical appearance,” said Matt Bowyer, MDC’s wildlife regional supervisor.  “We advised the landowner to go ahead and put the deer down and when the test results came back, it was positive for CWD.” The deer was tested for Hemorrhagic Disease and CWD.  To test for CWD, biologists sample ly...
Lewes WWTP, fully operational, ends discharge of partially-treated effluent into Lewes-Rehoboth Canal, Delaware Bay
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Lewes WWTP, fully operational, ends discharge of partially-treated effluent into Lewes-Rehoboth Canal, Delaware Bay

DOVER, DE (STL.News) The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control was informed today by Tidewater Utilities, Inc. that the Lewes wastewater treatment plant was back online and had resumed normal treatment of effluent following a Dec. 18 system malfunction at the plant.  Tidewater Utilities informed DNREC Saturday evening that treatment membranes contaminated during an automated backwashing process which caused the malfunction had been replaced, ending the plant’s system bypass operation that discharged partially-treated effluent for nine days into the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal and the lower Delaware Bay. Installation today of the new and highly-effective treatment membranes by Tidewater Utilities enabled the Lewes WWTP to treat incoming flow as normal and discontinue bypass pu...
Donate Christmas Trees to Wildlife at Missouri Department of Conservation Central Regional Office Drop-Off Site
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Donate Christmas Trees to Wildlife at Missouri Department of Conservation Central Regional Office Drop-Off Site

COLUMBIA, MO (STL.News) The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites Missourians to drop off their cut Christmas trees to be used for habitat improvement around central Missouri.  MDC will accept trees at the Central Regional Office any time of day through the end of January. To donate your tree, please remove all decorations, and bring the tree to the drop-off site at the MDC Central Regional Office located at 3500 E. Gans Road in Columbia.  Signage at this location will direct donors to the proper drop-off spot at the edge of the parking lot. MDC fisheries staff collect discarded natural trees to submerge in area lakes and ponds. Once submerged, these trees offer habitat for a variety of native fish species. “Submerged Christmas trees make great underwater cover for smaller f...
Missouri Department of Conservation Finds More CWD Cases, But Disease Remains Rare in State
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Missouri Department of Conservation Finds More CWD Cases, But Disease Remains Rare in State

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (STL.News) The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports that it has confirmed 24 new cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Missouri from nearly 27,000 tissue samples collected from white-tailed deer and submitted for disease testing this season.  Most of the tissue samples were taken from hunter-harvested deer. The new cases were found in the following counties: 2 in Adair, 5 in Franklin, 5 in Linn, 2 in Macon, 2 in Perry, 5 in Ste. Genevieve, 2 in Stone, and 1 in Taney. CWD is a deadly disease in white-tailed deer and other members of the deer family.  The purpose of MDC’s CWD sampling and testing efforts is to find cases early so the Department can limit the spread of the disease.  Learn more about CWD at mdc.mo.gov/cwd. “While any new cases of CWD are ...
Missouri Department of Conservation Names Danny Hartwig as New Regional Administrator in Northeast Region
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Missouri Department of Conservation Names Danny Hartwig as New Regional Administrator in Northeast Region

KIRKSVILLE, MO (STL.News) The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has named Danny Hartwig as the new regional administrator to lead regional operations in Northeast Region, including delivering on strategic priorities and performance measures for the region. Hartwig will also oversee regional public resource management, private land, community conservation, regional planning, recreations use, infrastructure maintenance and repair, and regional business operations and compliance.  The regional administrator also coordinates with other MDC branches, including protection, science, education, and communications. “I’m honored and excited to have the opportunity to lead the Northeast Region into this new era of conservation,” said Hartwig.  “We have a great team in our corner of the stat...
Missouri Department of Conservation Assigns New Agent, Benjamin Bardot to Mercer County
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Missouri Department of Conservation Assigns New Agent, Benjamin Bardot to Mercer County

St. Joseph, MO (STL.News) The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has assigned Benjamin Bardot to serve as conservation agent in Mercer County.  Bardot grew up in Lonedell, Mo., in Franklin County.  He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in wildlife conservation and management, with a minor in forestry, from Missouri State University. “I’m looking forward to getting involved in the community, things like putting on conservation programs in the schools,” Bardot said.  “I’ll be getting involved and letting everybody know I’m here and willing to help them out.” Among his hobbies are hunting, hiking, fishing, float trips, target shooting and golf.  A resident of Princeton, he also enjoys spending time with his family. Agent Bardot can be reached at (660) 953-0052 or by email at Benja...
Missouri Department of Conservation Announces Rachel Webster in New Conservation Agent in Jackson County
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Missouri Department of Conservation Announces Rachel Webster in New Conservation Agent in Jackson County

Kansas City, MO (STL.News) The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has assigned Rachel Webster as a conservation agent serving Jackson County.  Webster is familiar with the Kansas City metro area, as she grew up in neighboring Clay County. A recent graduate of MDC’s Conservation Agent Training Academy, Webster is looking forward to the blend of urban, suburban, and rural areas that Jackson County offers. She notes that the county has plenty of parks and undeveloped green space, lakes, and natural areas as well as urban environments. “Whether it is driving around and patrolling our conservation areas or following up on citizen phone calls, I know Jackson County is going to be super busy,” she said. Webster graduated from the University of Missouri at Columbia with a bachelor’s de...
Arizona Lake Pleasant bald eagles star on live-streaming camera
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Arizona Lake Pleasant bald eagles star on live-streaming camera

Hopes are high for nestlings as camera’s second season begins PHOENIX, AZ (STL.News) The nest is primed and the live-streaming camera is already broadcasting the day-to-day life of a pair of bald eagles hoping to raise a family inside their Lake Pleasant Regional Park nest. Nearly 400,000 viewers tuned in for the inaugural season to watch the unfiltered drama that transpired earlier this year.  They saw competing male bald eagles repeatedly divebomb each other for territory, and watched as a total of four eggs were laid in two separate clutches that were later scavenged by ravens and a ringtail. So what’s in store for season two? “Some nestlings, we hope!” said Jeff Meyers, Arizona Game and Fish Department Watchable Wildlife program manager.  “Despite lacking young last season, the bald...
Missouri Department of Conservation Announces New Conservation Agent, Alex Walker to Clay County
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Missouri Department of Conservation Announces New Conservation Agent, Alex Walker to Clay County

Kansas City, MO (STL.News) The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has assigned Alex Walker to a conservation agent post in Clay County.  Walker grew up in Nixa, Mo.  He graduated from Missouri State University in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in wildlife conservation and management.  Walker is a recent graduate of MDC’s Conservation Agent Training Academy. Clay County has a wide variety of outdoor activities, he noted, from fishing at Smithville Lake to wildlife in both rural and suburban areas. “I’m looking forward to working with everyone in the Kansas City area,” Walker said.  “This is a good area.  There’s lots of things to do year-round.” In 2017, Walker began working for MDC as an hourly employee at the Andy Dalton Shooting Range near Springfield.  He enjoys spending time...
St Lous News: Eagle Rock Days at the Old Chain Bridge Returns Jan. 18-19
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St Lous News: Eagle Rock Days at the Old Chain Bridge Returns Jan. 18-19

ST. LOUIS, MO (STL.News) Few words can describe the thrill of seeing America’s national symbol soaring through the air in the wild, or close enough to touch. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and its partners offer the chance to discover a close connection with the bald eagle.  The Eagle Days at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge Festival takes place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 18-19, 2020. Visitors can view eagles through spotting scopes staffed by trained volunteers at any time from the vantage point of the historic Old Chain of Rocks Bridge.  The bridge is part of the Mississippi Greenway, also known as the Riverfront Trail. On both days, the World Bird Sanctuary will be presenting an educational program featuring a live bald eagle, repeated every 20 minutes f...
Missouri Department of Conservation names Kevin Borisenko as Regional Administrator, Central Region
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Missouri Department of Conservation names Kevin Borisenko as Regional Administrator, Central Region

COLUMBIA, MO (STL.News) The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has named Kevin Borisenko as the new regional administrator to lead regional operations in Central Region, including delivering on strategic priorities and performance measures for the region. Borisenko will also oversee regional public resource management, private land, community conservation, regional planning, recreations use, infrastructure maintenance and repair, and regional business operations and compliance.  The regional administrator also coordinates with other MDC branches, including protection, science, education, and communications. “It’s an exciting time in the Missouri Department of Conservation,” said Borisenko.  “I’m humbled to be part of an extraordinary team of individuals being asked to lead the MDC...
Missouri Department of Conservation Reports 10,543 Deer Harvested During Antlerless Portion
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Missouri Department of Conservation Reports 10,543 Deer Harvested During Antlerless Portion

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (STL.News) Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 10,543 deer during the antlerless portion of the fall firearms deer season, Dec. 6-8.  Top harvest counties were Callaway with 396 deer harvested, Pike with 303, and Osage with 301. Last year’s antlerless-harvest-portion harvest total was 6,645. For current ongoing preliminary harvest totals by season, county, and type of deer, visit the MDC website at extra.mdc.mo.gov/widgets/harvest_table/ For harvest summaries from past years, visit huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/deer/deer-harvest-reports/deer-harvest-summaries Archery season continues through Jan. 15, 2020.  The alternative methods portion will run Dec. 28 through Jan. 7, 2020...
Missouri Feral Hog Elimination Partnership Responds to Mark Twain Announcement
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Missouri Feral Hog Elimination Partnership Responds to Mark Twain Announcement

? JEFFERSON CITY, MO (STL.News) Missouri took another step forward this month in the fight to eliminate invasive feral hogs in the state when the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) moved forward with prohibiting the hunting of feral hogs on public land in the Mark Twain National Forest (MTNF).  With the USFS’s closure of feral hog hunting in MTNF, they also announced the allowance of opportunistic take of feral hogs in the MTNF during all deer and turkey hunting seasons.  Only those hunters with an unfilled permit in compliance with the permit conditions may take hogs.  Most public land agencies had already closed feral hog hunting in 2016 after 25 years of allowing hog hunting while trapping only increased the range of feral hogs in Missouri. “We received and reviewed more than a thousand commen...
DNREC reopens wooded areas of Alapocas Run State Park without further sighting of black bear seen earlier in park
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DNREC reopens wooded areas of Alapocas Run State Park without further sighting of black bear seen earlier in park

WILMINGTON, DE (STL.News) DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation has re-opened Alapocas Run State Park in Wilmington, which was closed Dec. 5 due to the sighting of a black bear in the park that has been reportedly moving around northern New Castle County this week. After the park’s temporary closure, DNREC’s Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police, with the assistance of Delaware State Police’s aviation unit, conducted aerial searches of the Alapocas Run State Park and surrounding areas using infrared radar technology but did not detect the bear.  Fish & Wildlife and State Parks Natural Resources Police officers also placed trail cameras overnight and conducted extensive patrols by foot throughout the park without further sightings. DNREC Natural Resources Police advise tha...
Missouri News: Roaring River State Park hosts bald eagle viewing Dec. 21, and Jan. 18
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Missouri News: Roaring River State Park hosts bald eagle viewing Dec. 21, and Jan. 18

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (STL.News) When water sources freeze in the north, bald eagles migrate south to find food and water.  Join Roaring River State Park staff at 3 p.m. Dec. 21 and Jan. 18 to watch for bald eagles along Roaring River. The park will present a movie about bald eagles, our national symbol, and guests can participate in eagle-themed activities.  Bring your binoculars and spotting scopes to get a closer look at these magnificent birds.  This event is free and open to the public. Dress appropriately for the weather and bring water and snacks. Roaring River State Park is located seven miles south of Cassville on Highway 112 in Barry County, southwest Missouri.  For more information about the event, contact the Ozark Chinquapin Nature Center at 417-847-3742 or the park office at 4...
MDC News: Oak Grove Deer Hunter, Brenden Marsh, Bags Unusual Antlered Doe
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MDC News: Oak Grove Deer Hunter, Brenden Marsh, Bags Unusual Antlered Doe

Kansas City, MO (STL.News) Brenden Marsh recently collected a lifetime-worthy tale to tell in future deer camps as well as venison and some unusual antlers.  Marsh, 18, of Oak Grove, shot a doe with antlers in Lafayette County during Missouri’s November firearms deer season.  Normally, only male deer, the bucks, have antlers.  But genetic, hormone, and physiological anomalies occur in nature and occasionally the female does will have antlers. “There are not good percentages available for how common or uncommon does with antlers occur,” said Kevyn Wiskirchen, the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) private lands deer biologist.  But he added, they are “very rare.” Antlers can occur in females with unusually high testosterone levels. In some cases, what appears to be a doe is not a...
Missouri Department of Conservation Reports November Firearms Deer Harvest Ends with 178,936
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Missouri Department of Conservation Reports November Firearms Deer Harvest Ends with 178,936

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (STL.News) Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 178,936 deer during the November portion of fall firearms deer season, Nov. 16- 26.  Of the 178,936 deer harvested, 91,420 were antlered bucks, 17,237 were button bucks, and 70,279 were does. Top harvest counties were Franklin with 4,008 deer checked, Texas with 3,734, and Callaway with 3,369. Last year hunters checked 200,738 deer during the 2018 November portion of firearms deer season with 103,582 being antlered bucks, 20,040 being button bucks, and 77,116 being does. For current ongoing preliminary harvest totals by season, county, and type of deer, visit the MDC website at extra.mdc.mo.gov/widgets/harvest_table/ For harvest summaries from ...