â€śLions and tigers and bears, oh my!â€ť
Those creaturesÂ had Dorothy worried on the yellow brick road in "The Wizard ofÂ Oz" – and now you may need to worry about seeing them and other large carnivores in your backyard, an Ohio State University researcher says.
OK, there shouldnâ€™t be any tigers – they arenâ€™t found in the wild in North America – but lions (mountain), bears, wolves and coyotes are finding urban areas to be just right for a comfortable existence, says Stan Gehrt, an associate professor of environment and natural resources.
Gehrt says coyotes are leading the urban invasion by formerly rural carnivores.
â€śThe coyote is the test case for other animals. Raccoons, skunks, foxes â€“ theyâ€™ve already been able to penetrate the urban landscape pretty well. The coyote is the most recent and largest,â€ť Gehrt said in a university press release.
One pack of coyotes has established a territory and is thriving about five miles from Chicagoâ€™s Oâ€™Hare International Airport, the third busiest airport in the country, according to Budget Travel.