Q: I observed a coyote with three small pups on the [Chicago River] banks. Doesn’t it seem unusually late for a litter? Also, they seemed to be eating what looked like a cat. —Jeff Nolan of Bridgeport Bass
A: First, cheers to the coyotes for taking out a feral cat, greatest villain of modern outdoors. It’s slightly late. The Illinois Furbearers Guide indicated birthing peaks around late April and early May. Families usually break up by late summer or early fall.
Updated: January 23, 2012 3:40AM
WILD OF THE WEEK
Apparently praying mantises invaded the south suburbs. Within a week, I received neat photos from Alan Epich, John Kudia and Bill Anderson. Anderson’s is shown here, a mantis finishing off a grasshopper. E-mail WOTW nominations to email@example.com.
Chicago-based National Marine Manufacturers Association announced the Rosemont Sportfishing, Travel & Outdoors Show is canceled, public relations manager Sarah Ryser said. NMMA was to hold its first Rosemont Show on Jan. 25-29 at the Stephens Convention Center. NMMA will concentrate on its Progressive Insurance Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show at McCormick Place.
Next Sunday: Northern Illinois Conservation Club, Antioch, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., mynicc.org.
Today: Fall firearm turkey hunting ends.
Monday: First dove hunting season ends.
Saturday: Hunting for pheasant, rabbits, gray partridge and quail opens.
Saturday-Nov. 13: Second dove hunting season.