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Youth engaged in conservation education

The "Knee High Naturalist" group's goal is to provide child conservation education. (Louis Finley/KTVO)

The Northeast Regional Office of the Missouri Department of Conservation’s “Knee High Naturalists” took part in an event explaining the disappearance of bison from the Heartland.

The group's goal is to provide child conservation education.

"Kids nowadays don't learn a lot about bison, elk and species like that that aren't here anymore or aren't in our area anymore. I think it's really important that they can discover nature that way by learning about our history and thinking about what it used to be," said MDC Naturalist Alyssa Garver.

Graver said only a small percentage of bison today are pure breeds. Most of the 300,000 in the United States have cattle DNA.

A small herd of reside in southeastern Missouri.

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