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Voices in the Wilderness

January 17, 2013 at 08:39 PM

The State Journal-Register

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Maybe we should start calling this feature “Wild in the City.”
Last week, we featured a picture of otter tracks near downtown Peoria.

This week, we have coyotes in Petersburg along the Sangamon River in Menard County, and a Cooper’s hawk devouring its meal near a city park in Springfield.

Robyn O’Connor of Petersburg submitted photos of three coyotes seen on Christmas Day in her backyard.


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“We live in Petersburg just east of the Sangamon River,” she writes. “We also spotted the same three coyotes Jan. 12 in the same area.”

She also photographed a nice buck behind her home taken Christmas Eve.

Wildlife also has been spotted in the middle of town.

John Jordan of Springfield sent in a picture of an adult Cooper’s hawk dining just outside his home.

“This fellow stopped by my back porch for lunch just a couple days ago,” Jordan said. “He is on my railing having a bit of squab.”


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Cooper’s hawks eat other birds. They have come back in the past 15-20 years from being a state-listed species to becoming common, partly because they have adapted to living in city parks and surrounding wooded neighborhoods.

Jordan lives just half a block from Washington Park.

“We have barred owls around here, fox, deer and red-tailed hawks, now a Cooper’s hawk,” Jordan said. “It’s like living in the wild but with cold beer.”

Dan Cline of Sidney got a second shot at a certain buck during firearm season Nov. 17.


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He missed during an archery hunt Nov. 7, and to add insult to injury, saw the buck on his trail camera the next day.

Cline got another chance 10 days later to bag his trophy.

“We had been calling him the ‘Pretty Boy’ because he seemed to like getting his picture taken on our trail cameras,” Cline said. “The old scar on his back showed he had been shot in some past year and he has an odd left antler.”

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