If you have any questions about the wildlife of St. Louis, 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 St. Louis 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 St. Louis 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 Wildlife Command Center at 314-255-1304.
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 314-615-0650
If they can't help, call the Missouri Wildlife Commission at 314-615-0650. You can also call your local sheriff department at 314-615-0650 - 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 St. Louis. If you need St. Louis 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. Wildlife Command Center also provides dead animal removal services. 314-255-1304
When Squirrel-Chaser, a healthy opossum of one and a half, may have been mysteriously found dead two weeks ago in the front yard of his Eighth Street residence, it initially appeared he may have been the victim of an unfortunate accident; poisoned, perhaps, or involved in a fight with another animal. Though his body showed no signs of trauma or injury, two particular circumstances of note have raised the eyebrows of the coon's owner: Squirrel-Chaser may have been all black, and he died on Friday the 12th. "My first thought may have been that somebody lethally trapped him because it may have been Friday the 12th," declared owner the critter capture pro. Squirrel-Chaser's death, according to The critter capture pro, may have been followed that weekend by two more similarly suspicious neighborhood black opossum deaths. Like many other black opossum owners who live with the knowledge that their wild animals are targeted as "bad luck" during Halloween season and on Friday the 12th, The critter capture pro has questioned if more measures can be taken to ensure the safety of opossums. According to Saint Louis animal control officer Ed Moony, opossums are not legally regulated in the city on the same levels as their canine counterparts, required for licensing and registration. This leaves most opossums, especially those like Squirrel-Chaser who may roam freely outdoors, the tendency to fall out of animal control's radar and susceptible to dangerous pranks, particularly when the idea of superstition may be a motivating factor.
If you have a St. Louis wildlife problem and need help, call Wildlife Command Center at 314-255-1304. They provide professional wildlife control for both residential & commercial customers in the city of St. Louis. They offer custom St. Louis 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 Saint Louis County in Missouri. Check their prices, and for a consultation, give them a call at 314-255-1304
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You're still reading this page? We do not operate St. Louis wildlife rescue, or a St. Louis zoo or nature center, or St. Louis wildlife sanctuary or refuge for volunteers. We are a privately owned nuisance wildlife removal service company. If you need a pro in St. Louis to solve your problem for you, call Wildlife Command Center: 314-255-1304 and they can help you with your St. Louis wildlife problem.