Both suburban as well as Chicago residents have experienced the rise in the population of coyotes.
Pet dogs and cats have reportedly been snatched from homeowner's properties by the hungry critters.
One police officer suggested to me that homeowners should not leave their garage doors open in case a coyote decides to explore. A similar situation was reported this week by the Worchester Telegram & Gazette and picked up later by Associated Press.
When Roger Mundell Jr. walked into his Brookfield, Mass., garage Sunday morning, he was greeted by a bobcat that proceeded to sink its teeth into his face and its claws into his back. Mundell's nephew was also bitten before his wife pinned the cat to the ground and shot it dead. All three are now undergoing rabies treatment.
Wisconsin's first winter Free Fishing Weekend is set for Jan. 19 and 20. Residents and nonresidents alike can fish anywhere in Wisconsin for free. No licenses or trout stamps are needed. This includes all inland waters and Wisconsin's side of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River.
Lake Michigan: With those warmer breezes rolling into our area, there could very well be a better chance at seeing some jumbo perch in the ice-free harbors.
Fox Chain: Speaking of warm, please use your head and don't act as if the world is ending tomorrow. I'm referring to the never-ending reckless behavior some ice anglers display in an effort to show the world their machismo when it comes to venturing to spots where no man dares to go.
There may be some safe ice in the shallow areas on Fox and Pistakee lakes, but I wouldn't bank on it.
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