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Missouri Department of Conservation

The Missouri Department of Conservation will schedule either three or four deer population counts within Cape Girardeau city limits after the conclusion of the firearms deer hunting season.

The firearms season ends on November 20. There will be about one month between each survey.

Russell Duckworth, the MDC’s Protection District Supervisor, says the deer counts will be conducted at night.

SoutheastHEALTH Acquires Missouri Southern Healthcare

Oct 30, 2012

SoutheastHEALTH picked up the lease for Missouri Southern Healthcare in Dexter on Monday for $9.8 million.

The Cape Girardeau-based health care provider acquired the lease for the 50 bed acute-care hospital from Atlanta-based Sun Link. The lease will transfer to SoutheastHEALTH at the end of the year, but Sun Link will continue to manage the facility until the end of June next year.

SoutheastHEALTH executive vice president Jim Limbaugh says his organization will continue to provide health care as well as take care of the facilities.

Resveratrol Study Shows No Signs Of Benefits On Healthy Older Women

Oct 29, 2012
Robert Boston / Washington University

  A popular supplement made from a component of red wine may not be beneficial after all, at least if you’re healthy to start with.

That’s according to a new study out of Washington University, the first to test the potential benefits of resveratrol in healthy older women. It didn’t find any.

Resveratrol has been shown to improve blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of heart disease in animal studies, but limited human trials have had mixed results.

Drought Affects Deer And Turkey Differently

Oct 28, 2012
Missouri Department of Conservation

Missouri’s wild game animals reacted differently to this year’s drought.The deer population is lower, but wild turkeys are thriving.

The drought led to an increase in hemorrhagic disease among Missouri’s deer.

The Missouri Department of Conservation, or MDC, estimates at least 5800 cases through Friday.

The drought also hurt acorn production, a favorite food for deer. And of course, water is more scarce.

All that means there are fewer deer this year.

Missouri Department of Conservation

The Missouri Department of Conservation confirms a mountain lion was photographed by a trail camera in the Current River Conservation Area near Ellington. The camera took the picture on October 10.

In a press release, the MDC stated that "widely scattered mountain lion sightings have been confirmed in Missouri and likely will continue." 

The MDC believes these mountain lions are moving into Missouri from the west.