Wolf-dog hybrid found after escape from Shy Wolf Sanctuary, authorities say
A wolf-dog hybrid has been caught in Collier County near the Shy Wolf Sanctuary after it escaped its enclosure Wednesday, a sanctuary spokesperson said.
The wolf-dog, named Eva, escaped around 10:30 a.m. and was tranquilized around noon, but managed to run off before the sedation took effect, said Cindee Woolley, a spokesperson for the sanctuary. The animal was likely to be between 27th Avenue SW and 29th Avenue SW near White Blvd, Woolley said.
After officials captured Eva, the wolf-dog was placed into a roofed in enclosure to prevent future escapes.
According to a news release, calls of sightings to the Collier County Sheriff's Office helped searchers locate the wolf-dog.
Shy Wolf Sanctuary’s executive director, Deanna Deppen, expressed her gratitude to the community for the help of the community during Eva's escape, the news release says.
Eva is between 60-70 pounds and comes from the Miami area.
Volunteers, Domestic Animal Services and members of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission helped search for the animal.
Eva's owners had boarded the animal at the sanctuary for less than 48 hours before it became spooked and jumped a 10-foot fence, Woolley said.
County emergency dispatchers fielded a call around 10:30 a.m. about the animal, , said Michelle Batten, a Sheriff's Office spokeswoman.