Urgent warning to townspeople to stay safe while rampaging wolf roams streets after escaping zoo

A dire warning has been issued to townspeople to “stay safe” as a rampaging wolf roams the streets after fleeing a zoo.

A pack of wolves escaped through a hole intentionally cut in a fence at the Greater Vancouver Zoo earlier this week.

The Environment Department said anyone who sees a wolf should stay away

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The Environment Department said anyone who sees a wolf should stay awayPhoto credit: Getty
The zoo was closed to visitors

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The zoo was closed to visitorsCredit: Global News

The zoo said most of the animals are now safe in their care again – but a frantic search is underway for the last remaining wolf.

The environment ministry said anyone who sees a wolf should stay away and report the animal to authorities immediately.

The British Columbia Conservation Officer Service told CTV News that people should “keep their distance” when seeing the wolves.

The zoo said the manner in which they escaped was “suspicious and believed to be due to malicious intent.”

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The enclosure normally houses nine gray wolves and six cubs – and it’s not clear how many of the animals escaped.

Police officers are investigating how the wolves got out of the zoo using what appears to be a hole in the fence on purpose.

A police spokeswoman told local media: “The RCMP is investigating the burglary and mischief at the zoo.

“All I can tell you is that the enclosure was damaged to allow the wolves to come out.

“There is no surveillance at this time, so we have no information on how they got in or any suspicious information.”

The zoo is closed for the time being.

One visitor said they were turned away from the park because of an “issue with an animal” and would not let anyone in for safety reasons.

The zoo said: “The Greater Vancouver Zoo is working with the Langley RCMP and the BC Conservation Officer Service to contain wolves found outside their enclosure.

“This is an ongoing investigation and is suspicious and is believed to have resulted from malicious intent.

“Most of the wolves are back in the care of our animal health and welfare team. GVZoo staff continue to actively search for a small number of remaining wolves that are missing.

“Langley RCMP is investigating what appears to be unlawful entry and vandalism.”

The Greater Vancouver Zoo has been embroiled in controversy in the past.

In 2019, a young girl was hospitalized after being bitten by a black bear during the attraction.

In the same year, the advocacy group Zoocheck found that the animals at the zoo suffered from a lack of enrichment.

And in 2021, troubles continued when a staff member was injured by a jaguar while feeding.

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