Pheasants, coyotes and a fox spotted in Oak Park

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By Graham Johnston

Warning some photos may not be appropriate for all audiences.

During an unseasonably warm weekend Oak Park's wildlife population seemed all but eager to pose for some extraordinary photos.

On Saturday morning Jakob Eriksson spotted a pair of coyotes in his yard near the corner of East Avenue and Superior Street. One of the coyotes was enjoying a breakfast of pheasant.

The next day on the 500 north block Sarah and Alex Hoffman grabbed this photo of - what one can only assume is - a different pheasant perched on their fence.

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Peter from Oak Park  

Posted: December 4th, 2012 10:01 AM

The Pheasant is fake?

Melissa from Oak Park  

Posted: December 4th, 2012 12:44 AM

On Fri. the 30TH at 2:30 an injured pheasant was grazing in my backyard with my chickens. It's wing was broken. I did take photos and called Trailside museum for advice...They said It's against the law to capture or rehabilitate one.

Doug from River Forest  

Posted: December 3rd, 2012 5:09 PM

real coyotes; fake pheasant.

Scott from Oak Park  

Posted: December 3rd, 2012 4:30 PM

The other day I was walking around Scoville park. Some guy in a white chevy malibu, pulled up, opened his trunk and threw 3 confused pheasants over the fence into the park... Totally Bizarre.

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