Niagara Regional Police (NRPS) say attempts to trap and return an escaped white wolf to a Port Colborne enclosure have ended tragically.
In a statement, a police spokesman said the wolf was shot by officers around 7 p.m. Wednesday due to security concerns when the animal showed up near a farm.
“Officers attended and attempted to contain and capture the wolf, but were unsuccessful,” the NRPS said in a statement.
“Given the wolf’s close proximity to farm animals, out of concern for the safety of those animals…an officer discharged a firearm and fatally shot the wolf.”
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The NRPS says it received calls Wednesday night about sightings of the escaped wolf on the west side of Port Colborne.
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The Niagara SPCA had tracked the animal and recruited a trapper in hopes of retrieving the animal safely.
The adult wolf, named “Boo”, emerged from her enclosure around 9 a.m. on Tuesday.
A spokesperson for the NRPS said the wolf was rescued from northern Ontario and is residing at a compound in the Niagara region.
The city’s bylaws department has now launched an investigation into the wolf’s housing and is expected to be aided by the Niagara SPCA, NRPS and the Ministry of Natural Resources.
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