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A pack of wolves have broken free from a zoo outside Vancouver, Canada, under what has been described as “suspicious” circumstances.
They escaped from The Greater Vancouver Zoo through a hole believed to have been cut intentionally by someone with “malicious intent”.
Most of the wolves are thought to be safely back in captivity, however, a handful are still understood to be at large.
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A search is now underway to find and return the remaining escapees.
There are normally nine wolves and six cubs in the enclosure, although the exact number of wolves that got out hasn't yet been confirmed.
A hole in the fence appears to have been cut deliberately, leading police to investigate the matter.
A spokesperson for the zoo said the escape was “suspicious, and believed to be due to malicious intent”.
Zoo officials added: "Langley RCMP are investigating what appears to be unlawful entry and vandalism.”
A would-be visitor told theSunthey were turned away from the park due to safety concerns and an “issue with an animal”.
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It added that the four-legged-furries posed no threat to the public. However, speaking to CTV News, the British Columbia Conservation Officer Service said that anyone who sees the animals should “keep their distance”, though no injuries have been reported.
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 morning.
"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.
"Zoo officials say there is no danger to the public and ask anyone who sees a wolf in the Greater Vancouver Zoo area to contact the following below.
"If you have information contact The Greater Vancouver Zoo 604-856-6825 Ext. 2004 Langley RCMP 604-532-3200. B.C. Conservation Officer Service 1-877-952-7277."
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