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Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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Wolf? Dog? You make the call

April 06, 2010 at 08:52 AM

Paula Guttilla submitted these photos of a canine that was lingering in her front yard on Sept. 19, 2009.

Guttilla lives near Utica near the Illinois River and said she saw this canine several times during a three-week period from August through September.

Was she seeing a wolf? Or a dog? Or maybe a hybrid?

Whatever this is, my first reaction is not to say wolf, that’s for sure. In one picture the snout looks more like that of a bear. What do you think?

Click here to check out a Web site that offers sighting tips for canines. Wisconsin wolf specialist Adrian Wydeven suggested this site to Dale Bowman of the Chicago Sun-Times to help differentiate wolves, dogs, coyotes and wolf-dog hybrids.

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