Importance of Natural Resources

Police Investigate Missing Wolf From Long Island Ecology Center


KNOW IF IT’S AN INSIDE JOB. THE ANIMAL HAD BEEN DOMESTICATED AND CANNOT SURVIVE ON ITS OWN. CBS2’S JENNIFER MCLOGAN IS IN HOLTSVILLE. FOR HOURS SUFFOLK POLICE KEPT ANIMAL LOVERS AWAY FROM THE PRESERVE AS INVESTIGATORS HUNTED FOR THE MISSING WOLF. SOMEONE WITH INTIMATE KNOWLEDGE OF THE WILDLIFE AND ECOLOGY CENTER MADE OFF WITH A RARE HYBRID SOMETIME OVERNIGHT. THE ANIMAL SPECIFICALLY TARGETED BY SOMEONE FAMILIAR WITH HOW THE ENCLOSURE WORKS. WE HAD THREE FENCES THAT WERE CUT THROUGH. AN INSIDE JOB? DISAPPOINTMENT SPREAD AS DETECTIVES REPORTED NIKITA WAS NO LONGER ON THE GROUNDS AND THE CENTER REOPENED TO ANXIOUS FAMILIES. I’M CONFUSED WHY PEOPLE WOULD TRY TO STEAL A WOLF. I WANTED TO SHOW HER THE WOLF. WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH A WOLF HYBRID? SOMEONE MAY HAVE WANTED HER AS A PET, SELLING FOR PROFIT, OR EVEN RELEASING INTO THE WILD. THE SANCTUARY RECEIVED HER FROM A FAMILY WHO ADMITTED BUYING HER ON THE BLACK MARKET WHEN SHE WAS WEEKS OLD BUT WHEN THE WOLF MATURED BECAME AGGRESSIVE IN THE HOME. LAST AUGUST WHEN WE TOOK POSSESSION OF NIKITA WHO WAS A McKENZIE WOLF HYBRID ANIMAL WE WERE ALL VERY EXCITED. THIS IS A NON-RELEASABLE ANIMAL THAT WAS RAISED IN A DOMESTICATED SETTING. NOW A CONCERN FOR THE HEALTH OF THE ANIMAL AND THE SAFETY OF WHOEVER END UP WITH THE WOLF. SOMEONE SHOULD COME TO THEIR SENSES IF THEY HAVE ANY AND BRING IT BACK. I HOPE THEY FIND THE PERSON AND THE WOLF IN VERY GOOD CONDITION. WE ARE AT THIS TIME OFFERING A $5000 REWARD. POLICE HAVE BEEN SEARCHING BY AIR AND ON FOOT WITH CANINE, BUT IF IT WAS AN INSIDE JOB AND THE WOLF WAS STOLEN BY A HANDLER AND DRIVEN AWAY, NIKITA COULD BE JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE


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