Wolf found dead by roadside, another missing after escape from BC zoo


ALDERGROVE – The Greater Vancouver Zoo says one of the wolves that escaped its enclosure this week was found dead on the side of a road and a second wolf is still missing.

Aldergrove Zoo in British Columbia was closed for three days while workers and conservation officers searched for wolves, which Langley RCMP suspect escaped when someone deliberately damaged the enclosure animals.

The zoo’s deputy chief executive, Menita Prasad, said the gray wolf’s enclosure and the zoo’s perimeter fence were deliberately “compromised” early on Tuesday, allowing the escape.

Prasad tearfully told a news conference on Thursday that searchers were “heartbroken” to find a three-year-old female wolf called Chia dead next to 264th Street in Aldergrove.

She said a year-old she-wolf named Tempest was still missing, but was believed to be near the zoo.

Prasad said Tempest is a “shy wolf” and poses no threat to public safety, but urges anyone who sees the animal not to approach him and to call authorities to report the location.

Langley RCMP said Wednesday they are investigating the incident as a suspected case of unlawful entry and vandalism.

“As a result of this senseless act, our wolf pack lost two family members,” Prasad said Thursday. “We have seen these wolves grow up. We consider the zoo animals as part of our family.“

Chia was listed by the zoo’s website as the oldest member of her pack of nine wolves and six cubs.

Prasad said Tempest was born last year at the zoo.

She said the “search and rescue operation” would continue and asked for the public’s help “to reunite Tempest with his family”.

“It’s a small wolf with grey-brown puppy fur and white markings on its muzzle and forehead,” Prasad said.

Anyone who sees Tempest is asked to contact the Greater Vancouver Zoo, Langley RCMP or the BC Conservation Officer Service by calling 1-877-952-7277.

The zoo, located about 55 kilometers from Vancouver, will reopen on Saturday, Prasad said.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on August 18, 2022.

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