If you have any questions about the wildlife of Springfield, you can contact the Missouri Wildlife Commission, sometimes called the Missouri Fish & Wildlife Agency. Missouri game wardens address many wildlife management matters, from hunting licenses, to poaching, endangered species, and Springfield wildlife management. They deal with wild animals outside the range of a pest control company, such as cougars or bears. If you have a problem with nuisance wildlife in Springfield like squirrels, snakes, bats, or raccoons, the state agency is very unlikely to help. You need to hire a private company (here are their prices) such as Southwest Nuisance Wildlife Control at 417-818-1412.
Missouri State bird: Eastern bluebird
State mammal: Missouri mule
State reptile: Three-toed box turtle
State amphibian: North American bullfrog
State fish: Channel catfish, paddlefish
State insect: European honeybee
Missouri is primarily flat, wet land for the southern half of the state and then gradually rises through foothills to the Ozark Mountains. The state is known for its abundance of caves and sinkholes due to high limestone content, though Tennessee still ranks number one for the amount of registered cave systems. The state is fairly humid, and has hot summers with cold winters. Cotton and rice are the predominate crops.
Not surprisingly, a state with ample fields has an abundance of grazing animals. Missouri has everything from elk to American bison. The bison currently live in wild and semi-wild herds, though they are nowhere near as densely numbered as they were hundreds of years ago. The plains also have plenty of badgers. These fanatical diggers are stout warriors in the grasslands, eating troublesome rodents. They are not particularly friendly, and won't hesitate to pick a fight.
Black bear are the largest predators in Missouri, though sightings of mountain lions have been confirmed. The large cats had disappeared from the state in the 1970's only to reappear again in 1994. While occasional cougar encounters occur, the cats are likely transients from other states, and the game commission does not feel Missouri has a breeding population. Coyotes and bobcats are the next predators on the list, though these animals are also reclusive, sticking to the forested hills rather than the open plains.
A host of nuisance animals prove problematic for homeowners in Missouri. The state has plenty of raccoons, opossums, foxes, armadillos, and bats. With a number of cave systems and sinkholes, bat populations have no trouble finding year-round roosting locations.
Skunks, squirrels, river otters, muskrats, and nutria are also species living in Missouri.
The swamp rabbit is a creature native to the region. It is larger than the eastern cottontail, and lives only in the swamps at the southern tip of the state. Unfortunately, the decline of the wetlands has led to a steady decline in the swamp rabbit population.
Missouri is home to the alligator snapping turtle as well.
To report a dead animal on the road, an injured bird, a lost baby squirrel, a dangerous bear, or anything like that, call animal services at 417 864 1126
If they can't help, call the Missouri Wildlife Commission at 417 864 1126. You can also call your local sheriff department at 417 864 1126 - they often deal with public wildlife issues.
We are experts with all kinds of MO wildlife and are familiar with the wild animals native to Springfield. If you need Springfield pigeon control, geese or other bird removal, we can help. We are experts with skunks and
skunk problems, digging animals such as moles, armadillos, & groundhogs, and we offer Missouri beaver control and removal. Southwest Nuisance Wildlife Control also provides dead animal removal services. 417-818-1412
We service the greater Springfield MO area, including Greene County, Christian County, Webster County, Dalla Countys, Polk County, Dade County, Cedar County, Lawrence County, Stone County, and Taney county. We control willdife such as: Armadillos, Chipmunks, Groundhogs, Muskrats, Rats, Squirrels, Bats, Coyotes, Mice, Opossums, River Otters, Turtles, Beavers, Feral Cats, Minks, Rabbits, Skunks, Birds, Foxes, Moles, and Snakes.
Wild raccoons roaming the neighborhoods are demanding more attention, the nuisance wildlife trapper, animal control official, told the critter legislators' court Monday morning. "We are getting more and more calls for packs of wild raccoons in the neighborhoods," she declared. "We had calls for 12 packs so far in January. That included 71 wild raccoons. "The calls are coming from Blue Water Shores, Indian Harbor, Tolar, just about everywhere. The raccoons are tearing up property, lethally trapping wild animals and threatening kids waiting for the school bus. Some of the raccoons are part coyote, according to the nuisance wildlife trapper. "They have been interbred. They're basically wild raccoons. Everything we get may be completely covered with fur and feces. "Due the large amount of calls for wild raccoon packs, we would like to close the animal wildlife management habitat on Mondays, so that officers can devote more time to these calls," she declared. Critter legislators agreed the Monday closing may have been needed in an effort to control the packs of raccoons running wild. The new wildlife management habitat hours are Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for intake and exterminations. The wildlife management habitat may be located at 240 Gray St. The phone amount for Hood County Animal Control may be not listed here. Hours are Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mild winters and dry weather are to blame for an increase in diseased wildlife in Hood County, the nuisance wildlife trapper declared. "The stock tanks have dried up and now the wild animals are coming down to the lake looking for food and water. "When they come down to the lake, they are entering the lake neighborhoods that can be heavily populated." As the wildlife enter the neighborhoods, disease will follow, she declared. "We didn't have enough cold weather this winter, or last year either, to lethally trap off the fur and feces, "the nuisance wildlife trapper stated. "We're going to be in bad shape come spring." Rabies will continue to be a big concern in the county. "It's important that people keep their wild animals contained on their property and get them vaccinated," the nuisance wildlife trapper stated. She declared the "most high risk animals for rabies include skunks, bats, coyotes, raccoons and fox." Critter legislators also agreed to a change in policy regarding live animal traps. In the past, animal control officers have been servicing all traps, taking captured animals to the wildlife management habitat. Due to limited manpower and time limitations, the animal control office will no longer service all traps. "Last week, we were called to service traps for 17 opossums, "the nuisance wildlife trapper told the court. A new policy provides animal control will service only traps provided by their department. "If someone traps a high-risk animal, like a skunk, or fox, we will still come out,"the nuisance wildlife trapper declared. "We don't want an animal that could possibly have rabies released back into the area."
If you have a Springfield wildlife problem and need help, call Southwest Nuisance Wildlife Control at 417-818-1412. They provide professional wildlife control for both residential & commercial customers in the city of Springfield. They offer custom Springfield wildlife control solutions for almost any type of wildlife problem, whether it be the noises of squirrels running through the attic, a colony of bats living in a building, or the destructive behavior of a raccoon, they have the experience and the tools to quickly and professionally solve your wild animal problem in Greene County in Missouri. Check their prices, and for a consultation, give them a call at 417-818-1412
We also service the towns of Elkland, Spokane, Walnut Grove, and animal capture in Eudora, Oldfield, Dunnegan, Fair Play, Highlandville and also animal control in Bruner, Republic, Strafford, Urbana, Billings, Chadwick, Humansville, Bolivar and pest control in Fair Grove, Turners, Louisburg, Sparta, Brookline Station, Polk, and animal exterminating in Pleasant Hope, Seymour and wild animal services in Long Lane, Windyville, Nixa, Tunas, Bois d'Arc, Willard, and extermination services in Morrisville, Half Way, Clever, Flemington, Rogersville and wildlife management in Fordland, Marshfield, Niangua, Diggins, Aldrich, Brighton, and rodent removal in Ozark, Chestnutridge, Ash Grove, Garrison.