This past winter being what it was – cold, snowy and all-around unforgiving – coyotes were out and about, likely more than usual. Over the course of three or four months, residents throughout the area called or emailed to relate their sightings. And, more often than not, also express their concern over the animals’ seemingly large size.
“This guy was really big,” was a frequent comment. “It looked like a wolf,” was another.
The phone calls spiked in late January, prompting me to write a column about the likelihood of wolves in Illinois. The gist of the piece was, while not impossible, the likelihood of spotting a wolf in our area is very low.