The Daily Egyptian is reporting thatb armadillo sightings are on the rise herer in Southern Illinois.
Armadillos provide several services. They eat insects, help till soil, and in a pinch, they can make a tasty meal.
Hitching rides in railroad cars and barges up from the south, armadillos have begun to migrate to southern Illinois. The armored animals, often the victims of collisions with vehicles, were originally native to Central America, but in the 1800s, they appeared in the United States, according to Joyce Hufmann, a research scientist for the Illinois National History Survey.
Clay Nielsen, wildlife ecologist for the Cooperative Wildlife Research Lab at SIUC, said although it's too early to find out if these creatures are here for good, there is nothing to worry about.