The Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center at 4750 Troost Ave. in Kansas City will offer three programs devoted to these creatures. A Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) expert will talk about these animals and separate fact from fiction regarding their presence in the state. Each program begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m. and a presentation at 7 p.m.
• Mountain lions: Tuesday, Feb. 19, in recent years young male mountain lions searching for territories have been confirmed in Missouri. A member of the MDC Mountain Lion Response Team will share facts about the big cats and how reported sightings are investigated.
• Elk: Tuesday, March 19, elk once roamed throughout Missouri. Now, they are being restored to a target area in a portion of three counties in southeast Missouri near the Current River. While elk will never roam the entire state as in pre-settlement times, wildlife watchers will be able to see free-ranging elk in the target zone centered at MDC’s Peck Ranch Conservation Area. An expert will talk about the history of elk in the state and the restoration in the target area.
The Gorman Discovery Center connects people with nature in the heart of Kansas City. For more information on the large mammal programs and other events at the center, go to http://mdc.mo.gov/node/281.
–Bill Graham, media specialist, Missouri Department of Conservation
Photos courtesy MDC