Apparently, we better add another wolf to the wild stories around 21st Century Illinois.
A reliable reader sent these photos of an apparent wolf (it weighed 140 pounds) shot near Walnut in northwestern Illinois last week.
More to come as we get it.
In the 21st century, there have been at least four confirmed wolves killed in Illinois.
Three were killed by coyote hunters, the first by Randy Worker in Marshall County on Dec. 29, 2002. Seth Hall shot one in December 2005 in Pike County. In 2008, another was shot in Jo Daviess County.
The first confirmed report in modern times around Chicago outdoors was hit by a vehicle just outside of Chain O'Lakes State Park on Feb. 17, 2005.
This is the time of year for roaming young male wolves to reach Illinois. We are fast approaching the point where another wild wolf in Illinois is not major news.
And that is good news in my world.