I spy with my little eye ...
A wolf on a leash in downtown Geneva? During Swedish Days?
That's the scuttlebutt, according to a number of folks who asked the question of Geneva Patch. Inquiring minds want to know.
"Have you heard about the guy walking a dog or what looked like a wolf down Third Street at Swedish Days Saturday night?" asked Rob Plinske. "Everybody was talking about it. Did you see it, or do you have any information to share with us? I am just curious what it was and, if it was a wolf, how that is allowed?"
Well, if it was a wolf, it's not allowed, Geneva police Cmdr. Eric Passarrelli said.
"In regard to the wolf sightings, we heard of it through the grapevine, but to the best of my knowledge, it was not observed by any of our officers," he said. "There is a local ordinance that would prohibit this type of animal being on a leash downtown, that would allow for the issuance of a local ordinance ticket."
Maybe it was one of those cases of a dog breed that happens to look like a wolf. But with so many foxes (or coyotes) being seen downtown this year, is the wolf the Next Big Thing?
"My husband and I agreed it looked like a white wolf. It was huge!" said Mary Funkhouser on the Geneva Patch Facebook page. "I just watched the movie The Grey last night, and now think I should have been more concerned."
Annette Dakini Crawford MacLean even took some photos and posted them on the Geneva Patch Facebook page. If this is the wolf in question (see photo), he or she is a kindly-looking sort. Annette says it is, in fact, a wolf.
"He was quite large in person. Very docile. But, I did notice that his tail was tucked between his legs. Considering the amount of attention he received, he did very well. His fur was very soft," she said on Facebook.