Illinois authorities puzzled by armadillo sighting

Thursday, May. 12, 2011

The Associated Press

HOMER GLEN, Ill. — Roadkill is part of the routine for highway crews in northern Illinois, but the dead armadillo spotted along a Will County road was a bit of a surprise.

Armadillos are normally found in warmer areas in the South.

Homer Township highway crew member Dan Bills found the armadillo while doing road maintenance last week. Bills tells the (Tinley Park) SouthtownStar he’d seen armadillos while visiting Texas but was shocked to find one in suburban Chicago.

David Robinson works for the Will County Forest Preserve, and he says he wonders if the armadillo had some “human assistance” getting so far north.

Wildlife biologist Joe Rogus also says he’s never heard of any armadillo sightings in the area. He says armadillos are expanding their territory but aren’t capable of traveling long distances.

Information from: Southtown Star,

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