Missouri Conservation Department
KOMU-TV reports the owls are being spotted farther south and earlier than usual in Missouri.
Conservation officials arrived at that preliminary figure based on a research project that began in 2010.
Schweich’s office said Wednesday the audit will focus on the agency’s operations during the 2011 and 2012 fiscal years.
Rain from Hurricane Isaac has helped lessen the drought.
Missouri Conservation officials recently discovered that 10 elk recently transported from Kentucky to southeast Missouri as part of a restoration project had died.
Five cases of chronic wasting disease have been found recently among deer in the northern part of the state.
Missouri hunters checked about 40,400 turkeys during the regular spring season.
The state Conservation Department said Tuesday that a trail camera photographed a mountain lion in Grundy County on April 2.
The price tag for cleaning up the cans, bottles, fast food wrapped and boxes along with other assorted litter is costing the state about five-million dollars a year.
The season’s total was up about 7,400 from last year, but roughly 13,000 below the 10-year average.