Missouri Department of Conservation

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Fifteen free-ranging deer in Missouri have tested positive for chronic wasting disease or CWD.  The Missouri Department of Conservation sampled 18,400 deer for the disease during the fall firearms season. 

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The Missouri Department of Conservation is working with duck hunters to help prevent the spread of invasive species in Missouri’s waterways.

Zebra mussels have been found in some of Missouri’s larger lakes like Truman, according to Kenda Flores with the MDC. Fellows Lake, a popular destination for duck hunters in Greene County, doesn’t have zebra mussels. However, Flores said the agency discovered the lake does have hydrilla, an aquatic plant and invasive species.

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A managed archery deer hunt will be held next month at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.  This is the second year for the hunt.  Last year, six hunters harvested nine deer.

MDC officials say the hunt is necessary because large numbers of deer at the nature center cause problems not only for the facility but also for the health of the deer. 

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At select testing sites around the state, officials collected samples from deer over the weekend to map out the scope of Chronic Wasting Disease in Missouri.

Missouri Department of Conservation Wildlife Management Biologist Kyle Hedges, along with other MDC officials and volunteers, worked from the parking lot of Bolivar Fire Station #2 on Saturday morning. It’s here, on the opening weekend of the firearms hunting season, where hunters brought in their deer to be sampled.

Hedges says the goal was to obtain high volume of samples in order to map the spread of this disease.

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The Department of Conservation has a message for people fishing in Lake Taneycomo right now.  Biologists say they need to keep in mind that current water conditions make this a stressful time of year for trout.

There currently are low levels of dissolved oxygen in the lake, and until cooler temperatures remedy the situation, anglers who fish there and plan to release trout need to minimize the time they take to reel in and release them.  When they’re unhooked, gently hold them under water until they can swim off on their own.