Sunday, January 29th, 2023
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A second wolf found in northern Illinois

Another wolf has been found in northern Illinois. And just like the one found back in February, this animal was found dead.

DNR is not yet calling the canine a "wolf," but in a statement today the agency called it  "likely a female gray wolf."

According to DNR spokesman Chris Young, an Illinois Conservation Police Officer picked up a probable wolf that was hit by a vehicle along Interstate 55 near Illinois 47 just north of Dwight on Friday (April 10).

On Feb. 13, a female wolf was found dead along Nettle School Road north of Interstate 80 in Grundy County.

Young said that DNR will coordinate with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to confirm identification of the most recent find and conduct genetic testing.

Meanwhile, USFWS confirmed the identity of the gray wolf found dead in Grundy County in February.  That wolf was determined to be from the Great Lakes Population. The wolf, a female, likely died after being hit by a vehicle.

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