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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

While I dislike having to show a dead canid, the picture below reflects what appears to be a Wolf, found dead in the Greater Chicago Designated Marketing Area(DMA) in Grundy County, up toward the northern end of the state..........DNA testing is being done on the animal to determine its origen and species.......In December of 2014,.a female gray wolf was killed by a vehicle in LaSalle County(also part of thef Chicago DMA)................ ...Always fascinating to consider that these Illinois "prospecting Wolves likely wandered south out of Wisconsin (as the breeding Wolf population resides in northern Wisconsin, not in the southern tier----a good long jaunt into Illinois).............In the east, you see Coyotes that resemble the animal below,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,In the midwest, the Coyotes are Western Coyotes and as a rule do not grow as large and display as much girth as Wolves..............Note that the State of Illinois has recently put Wolves, Black Bears and Pumas on their Endangered List, affording these animals legal protections should they recolonize the region.........Some biologists are suggesting that about 14% of the land are of Illinois can support breeding populations of Wolves based on human, road and prey density requirements


http://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/7/71/375720/another-wolf-illinois-really-maybe


A possible wolf was found dead near Morris on Friday (photo is from the Illinois Conservation Police.)
Wildlife biologist Bob Massey said that they were checking with Wisconsin officials because some of the characteristics were not consistent with pure wolf. More details will come shortly.
Here is the official word so far from Illinois Department of Natural Resources spokesman Chris Young:
A large, unidentified canine with characteristics of a wolf was found dead early Feb 13 along Nettle School Road north of Interstate 80 in Grundy County. The animal is in possession of IDNR biologists. It measured approximately 48 inches long from the tip of its nose to the rear. More information will be forthcoming on the cause of death once a necropsy is completed. Biologists are coordinating with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on genetic testing of the animal.
A WESTERN COYOTE SEEN IN THE CITY OF CHICAGO,,,,,,SMALLER, LEANER
AND LESS ROBUST THAN THE WOLF LIKE ANIMAL FOUND DEAD IN GRUNDY COUNTY AND THE FEMALE WOLF PREVIOUSLY FOUND DEAD IN LA SALLE COUNTY IN DECEMBER, 2014

Grundy and La Salle Counties are part of the Chicago DMA

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

https://youtu.be/j4kwmmsMFus

From my trail cam Naperville Il. wooded area large coyotes or coy-wolves. I grabbed a few stills and enlarged them.

Rick Meril said...

Right outside Chicago proper...........nice pics and thanks