As I read the Oct. 5 article about the hybrid wolves that broke out of their enclosures, it reminded of the numerous times I have encountered aggressive dogs, loose, either with no owner in sight, or an owner who chooses not to adequately respond to their pet’s threatening behavior.
I was pleased to read that the owner of the hybrid wolves called the sheriff for help. It may have prevented injuries to other animals and humans while saving the owner from larger legal actions.
However, the article also stated that the wolves had been working on their enclosures for a while. If you are going to own wild animals (a 98 percent wolf), you need to really know what you are doing. Since the wolves are trying to get out, I doubt they are getting what they need in space and exercise. In this case, I doubt that the decision to keep wolves in the backyard, hybrid or not, is a wise one.
People ought to take both their neighbor’s safety as well as the animal’s needs into account before acquiring them.