Northeast Times

One man wolfpack

— State gam­ing of­fi­cials are at­tempt­ing to cap­ture a mys­ter­i­ous wolf-hy­brid an­im­al that has been spot­ted in Pennypack Park.

Pennsylvania Game Com­mis­sion of­fi­cials today an­nounced that the agency is at­tempt­ing to cap­ture what is be­lieved to be a wolf-hy­brid that has taken up res­id­ence in Pennypack Park, Phil­adelphia. (Photo Cour­tesy of Cheryl A. Trewella)

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Game of­ficers are look­ing for what they be­lieve is a hy­brid of wolf and some oth­er an­im­al that is liv­ing in Pennypack Park.

That’s right, Pennypack Park!

Of­fi­cials re­ceived pho­to­graphs of an an­im­al liv­ing in the park and were ques­tioned wheth­er it was a coyote, wolf or dog.  The first pho­to­graphs re­ceived were in­con­clus­ive, but it ap­peared to be a dog. Ad­di­tion­al pho­to­graphs were ac­quired and it now is be­lieved that the an­im­al is a wolf-hy­brid, which comes un­der the jur­is­dic­tion of the Pennsylvania Game Com­mis­sion.

“With the as­sist­ance of per­son­nel from the Wolf Sanc­tu­ary of Pennsylvania and loc­al an­im­al con­trol agents, we are mak­ing every ef­fort to cap­ture the an­im­al alive,” said Doug Kil­lough, Game Com­mis­sion South­east Re­gion dir­ect­or. “We want to cap­ture it so that the an­im­al may be trans­ferred to a prop­erly li­censed fa­cil­ity where it can get the care it needs and does not present any safety is­sues to the gen­er­al pub­lic.

“So far, we are not aware of the an­im­al show­ing any ag­gress­ive be­ha­vi­or, but it is im­per­at­ive that the gen­er­al pub­lic stays out of the area for both their safety and to avoid in­ter­fer­ing with the cap­ture ef­forts.”

The Game Com­mis­sion is ask­ing for in­form­a­tion about who may have once owned this an­im­al. Any­one with in­form­a­tion can call the agency’s South­east Re­gion Of­fice at 610-926-3136.

A re­quest for more in­form­a­tion was not answered as the North­east Times went to press on Tues­day. ••

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