The Wildlife Code of Missouri provides for the taking of wildlife during prescribed hunting and trapping seasons and under other circumstances, such as when wildlife is causing damage to property or when it threatens the safety of humans, livestock or pets.
Mountain lions used to be a native resident of our state, but after 1927 none were seen — until 1994, when conclusive physical evidence proved they are reappearing in Missouri. These few animals probably are individuals dispersing from other states, and no breeding population seems to have been reestablished.
MDC protects and manages Missouri's fish, forest, and wildlife resources. We also facilitate your participation in resource-management activities, and we provide opportunities for you to use, enjoy and learn about nature. Read more about our mission.