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Escaped Wolf Killed By FWC


Two wolves escaped from an area preserve and one is shot and killed. It happened over the weekend after the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said it had no other choice.

"It's inexcusable," said co-founder of the Seacrest Wolf Preserve Cynthia Watkins.

After heavy rains caused floods in the 15 acre wolf preserve to break down dams and fences, a British-Colombian wolf named Chaco escaped.

"He was tame, he was the equivalent to someone's dog being out, he was just traumatized and frightened and there is no excuse of the murder and atrocity that was committed," said Watkins.

Watkins was the handler of Chaco. She claims the FWC lied to her by saying she would be involved in the capture, but actually was not.

"I was to feed Chaco the oral tranquilizers to relax him and then the fish and game officer was to dart him," said Watkins.

FWC spokesperson Stan Kirkland says, after the wolf traveled about 15 miles north of the preserve next to an elementary school, they had no choice but to kill it.

"We did have tranquilizing guns but there was never an opportunity to do that, the tranquilizing guns are effective only at a very short range," said Kirkland.

Kirkland also says, the wolf was shot from about 50 yards away and that they brought in live traps, snares, and even consulted with a wildlife biologist on the best way to capture Chaco.

"It's unfortunate that the wolf was killed, but there was really no other choice. You could not allow that wolf to remain in the area with school the next morning," said Kirkland.

The other wolf that escaped was captured on the preserve property by the Seacrest Preserve officials. The ares is still in the process of being cleaned up from the flood.


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