A 140-pound hybrid wolf finally was subdued with a tranquilizer dart Friday morning after Thurston County Sheriff’s deputies managed to corral it into a crate.
According to Sheriff’s Lt. Greg Elwin:
The pet’s owner, who lives in the 7000 block of Meridian Road S.E., flagged down a passing Sheriff’s deputy about 8 a.m., alerting the deputy that three hybrid wolves had escaped from a kennel.
One of the wolves, which Elwin described as “very aggressive and very agitated,” attacked a nearby German Shepherd, although the dog held its own against the much larger wolf, suffering only a superficial wound to its ear.
An employee with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife eventually arrived on the scene and subdued the animal with a tranquilizer.
The tranquilizer dart was fired about 10:15 a.m., Elwin said.
It is legal to have a wolf as a pet as long as it’s a hybrid, he said.
The aggressive wolf was 98 percent wolf and 2 percent domestic dog, Elwin said.
The Sheriff’s Office plans to refer a dangerous animal at large charge, a misdemeanor, to the Thurston County prosecutor’s office.
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