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Wolf escapes at Highland Wildlife Park

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Wolves were hunted to extinction in Scotland in the 1700s

A wolf that escaped from her enclosure at a wildlife reserve in the Highlands has been recaptured.

The female escaped at the Highland Wildlife Park at Kincraig at about 1600 BST.

The animal walked into an empty enclosure before being shot with a tranquiliser gun at 1700 BST.

A spokeswoman for the Royal Zoological Society, who owns the park, said visitors were kept away from the area and were not in any danger.

In a statement, the charity said: "At 4pm this afternoon (6 April), a staff priority alert was issued at Highland Wildlife Park in relation to a single wolf escape.

"Escaped animal procedures were immediately implemented and the wolf was recaptured within an hour.

"The animal remained in the vicinity of its enclosure and the keepers were aware of her location at all times.

"She walked of her own free will into an empty enclosure where she was darted using a tranquilliser gun for transfer to her enclosure."

It is thought the European wolf was able to escape because recent cold weather had made part of the enclosure's fence fragile. It has now been repaired.

She is currently the only wolf at the park.



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