Content tagged with "Mammals"

large, dark bison in snowy field

American Bison

Bos bison
The largest mammal to occur in Missouri during historic times, the bison lives in wild and semi-wild herds on private ranges and on public lands, where people can see them and imagine the immense herds that used to be.

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American Black Bear

Ursus americanus
One of the largest wild mammals in Missouri, the American black bear is unmistakable with its black fur and powerful bearing.

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Photo of badger


Taxidea taxus
Excellent diggers, badgers are powerful predators of rodents in grasslands and other open areas. Identify them by their brawny build, impressive digging claws and the black and white pattern on their faces.

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Beaver on land, chewing log


Castor canadensis
These semiaquatic rodents are distinguished by their large size, webbed hind feet and large, horizontally flattened tail that is covered with leathery scales.

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Lynx rufus
This short-tailed wild cat has a distinctive streaked and spotted pattern, a wide face and pointy ears often with black tufts.

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bony, distressed-looking dog or coyote with no hair


Canis cryptis
Sometimes people mistake a mangy Missouri coyote for the legendary chupacabra.

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coyote walking through grassland


Canis latrans
This much-maligned member of the dog family does a great service to the ecosystem by helping to hold populations of rabbits and mice in check. In addition, their yips and barks add auditory excitement to rural nights.

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Eastern Chipmunk

Tamias striatus
These sleek, attractive, active ground-dwelling squirrels live in tunnels but are generally out during the day, making them one of the few mammals that people can enjoy watching.

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Eastern Cottontail

Sylvilagus floridanus
“Cottontail” describes the characteristic appearance of this rabbit's tail: when it is raised, the white undersurface is conspicuous and resembles a fluff of cotton.

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eastern mole

Eastern Mole

Scalopus aquaticus
These plush-furred, large-handed critters are infamous for disfiguring lawns as they tunnel belowground hunting for grubs and cutworms—many of which are also disliked by landscapers!

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