AN urgent warning has been issued to city residents to “keep safe” as a rampaging wolf stalks the streets after escaping from a zoo.
A pack of wolves fled through a hole deliberately cut in a fence at Greater Vancouver Zoo earlier this week.
The Environment Ministry said anyone who sees a wolf should stay awayCredit: Getty
The zoo has been shut to visitorsCredit: Global News
The zoo said most of the animals were now back safely in their care – 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 immediately to the authorities.
British Columbia Conservation Officer Service told CTV news that people should “keep their distance” if they do see the wolves.
The zoo said the manner of their escape is “suspicious, and believed to be due to malicious intent”.
The enclosure usually holds nine grey wolves and six cubs – and it’s not clear how many of the animals escaped.
Cops are investigating how the wolves got out of the zoo using a hole in the fence which appeared to be deliberate.
A police spokeswoman told local media: “The RCMP is investigating the break and enter and the mischief to the zoo.
“I can just tell you that there was damage done to the enclosure to allow the wolves to exit.
“At this point there’s there’s no surveillance, so we don’t have any information to indicate how they got in or suspect information.”
The zoo has been shut for now.
A visitor said they were turned away from the park due to an “issue with an animal,” and told nobody was allowed in due to safety concerns.
The zoo said: “The Greater Vancouver Zoo is working with the Langley RCMP and the B.C Conservation Officer Service to contain wolves that have been found outside their enclosure.
“This is an ongoing investigation and is suspicious, and believed to be due to malicious intent.
“Most wolves are back in the care of our animal health and welfare team. GVZoo staff continue to actively search for small number of remaining wolves unaccounted for.
“Langley RCMP are investigating what appears to be unlawful entry and vandalism.”
The Greater Vancouver Zoo has been caught up in controversy in the past.
In 2019, a young girl was rushed to hospital after she was bitten by a black bear at the attraction.
In the same year, advocacy group Zoocheck found animals at the zoo were suffering from a lack of enrichment.
And in 2021, problems continued when an employee was injured by a jaguar during feeding.
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