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Animal report was man crying wolf

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Reports of an Alaskan wolf on the loose turned out to be a hoax

Reports that a wolf from Alaska was on the loose after going missing in County Tyrone a week ago have turned out to be a false alarm.

Police had advised people in the Aughnacloy area to stay away from the animal, after someone claiming to be its owner said it was missing.

However, a police spokeswoman said on Thursday: "We have now established the report was erroneous.

"There was no wolf, and there is no wolf at large."

David Wilson of the USPCA said he had been surprised to hear reports of a wolf on the loose, as a licence is required and ownership is tightly monitored.

Wolves come under the Dangerous Wild Animals Order (Northern Ireland) 2004, with the Department of Environment (DoE) responsible for licensing.

With the next full moon just over a week away, the residents of Aughnacloy will be relieved to find out that there was no wolf on the loose in the area.

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