Armadillos Expected To Continue Trek North In Illinois

Aug 22, 2016

Credit Hans Stieglitz

Armadillos are moving into the state, and some researchers believe they may make it as far north as the central Illinois area. 

Illinois Issues editor Jamey Dunn talked with F. Agustin Jimenez, a zoology professor at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, about armadillos and why they might one day be more prevalent in the state.   

Jimenez is asking for help tracking armadillos in Illinois. If you see one, note when and where. If you can safely snap a picture, do that as well. However, Jimenez says don’t try to touch an armadillo. Send any information and pictures to Jimenez at