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PHOTOS: Wild coyotes roam Wrigleyville streets

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Photo courtesy of Will Byington Photography. Photo courtesy of Will Byington Photography.
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

When you live or work around Wrigley field, you probably think you've seen it all, but chances are you haven't seen this: a pair of rather large coyotes hanging outside the ballpark looking for a snack.

"I've lived here all my life and that's crazy," one lady said of the wandering coyotes.

"I guess it's just part of the urban experience," says another man. "You never know what you're gonna get."

Photographer Will Byington was shooting a rock show at the Cubby Bear Friday night when someone said they spotted wild coyotes near the Ernie Banks statue.

"All of a sudden over the radio someone said 'there's wild coyotes in front of Wrigley, running under the marquee'" explains Byington.

Byington grabbed his camera, ran out the front door of the Cubby Bear and there across the street was urban wildlife.

"It was literally like they were out for a stroll in Wrigleyville Friday night," Byington said. "They didn't seem fazed by the traffic, by the cars honking horns, by people yelling at them. They were just checking out Wrigley Field."

Byington told FOX 32 News that he wishes he were better prepared - with the proper lenses or a video camera - but said he'd "take what he could get."

Usually the only four legged creature haunting Wrigley is a goat. So, is it time to hang out the wolfbane and hide?

"It doesn't concern me. I'm not afraid of them," a resident told us. "I'm personally just not worried about it."

"Unless you got cheeseburgers in your pocket or something you should be okay," another man said.

A Cubs spokesman told Fox 32 News that they've spotted coyotes around the ballpark for the past few years, but never inside the friendly confines. They believe the pack is living in the cemeteries just a few blocks north on Clark Street.

Eleanor Musick came face to snout with a coyote a couple months ago while leaving a party in Wrigleyville.

"The coyote was sitting on my friend's front lawn, and a friend walked up to it and it ran like four blocks," says Eleanor. "I guess it was wolf-sized. It was crazy, yeah."

Coyote sightings in more densely populated areas have increased this past year, but most have occurred in the suburbs.

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