Shooting escaped wolf ‘a last resort’, says wildlife park
New mother Ember was found outside the perimeter fence at Cotswold Wildlife Park in Oxfordshire,
A wolf has been shot dead after it escaped from a wildlife park.
Ember was discovered outside the perimeter fence at Cotswold Wildlife Park in Burford, Oxfordshire, at about 11am on Friday.
In a statement, the park said shooting the three-year-old animal, who gave birth to five cubs earlier this year, was a “last resort”.
“She had somehow escaped her enclosure and had made her way to an area that was beyond the reach of a tranquilliser dart, and potentially within reach of a busy road,” the park said.
STATEMENT: Ember the Wolf pic.twitter.com/W9sjO5tNHh— CotswoldWildlifePark (@CotsWildTweets) July 24, 2017
“The safety of our visitors, and the public, has to be our priority and our keepers were put in the unenviable position of making a decision that no animal lover should have to make.”
The park added that measures have been taken to increase security checks and thanked visitors for their co-operation.
The statement sparked concern on social media, with questions being asked about why Ember could not have been sedated, rather than killed.
You failed, your "robust enclosure security checks" processes failed and an innocent animal paid the price.— Tayfun (@tayfxx) July 25, 2017
It's your responsibility to keep these animals safe in the first place. No sympathy for the keepers. Sorry the animal was let down— Fay Carmichael (@FayCarmichael1) July 25, 2017