Illinois man cries wolf as experts test for DNA, coyote
Posted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:11 am
Read the full article here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-m ... story.htmlCould there be a wolf pack living in Illinois? Man’s trail camera footage prompts experts to conduct testing
By Ted Gregory, June 19, 2018
For several years, Smith has captured trail-cam footage of the curious canines that inhabit land he and his wife manage in a remote region sometimes known as Forgottonia, about 235 miles southwest of Chicago.
A farmer, musician and amateur naturalist, Smith is convinced they’re wolves. If true, that would be a shocking natural phenomenon in an area where there hasn’t been a verified wolf sighting for decades.
Experts are skeptical of Smith’s conclusion, but they’re intrigued enough to seek further study. ...
Most experts say evidence so far suggests that the creatures could be coyotes, indigenous wild dogs, a coyote-dog mix or even a coyote-wolf hybrid. One researcher said it’s possible they could be a species that has never been recorded.
Mech thinks the animals are coyotes.