Illinois & Chicago outdoors: 2014 through 2013

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Click here for today’s column on the Sun-Times outdoors page on stories from 2013 that will remain vibrant in 2014.

I figure those include the use and meaning of 87th Street; Illinois deer management, the arrival of cougars, bears and wolves; and the social media aspect of the snowy owl irruption.

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