Hi friends! Has anyone else noticed an increase in large predators in your area, or is it just my imagination? We've lived here for 12 years, and, despite being surrounded by large tracts of woods and farms, never saw much more than the occasional coyote or fox. In the last year, however, we've seen quite an increase in bobcats and black bears, and some people have even claimed to see cougars. Both my husband and a friend of ours have seen a lone animal that looks exactly like a wolf, although a local wolf preserve feels that the animal is surely a wolf hybrid that has either escaped an enclosure or been dumped. At any rate, it has been living and hunting in the woods near here all summer. Do you think that the big predators are increasing, or are we just seeing them come out into the open more because of shinking habitat?