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Re: "Wolf shot and killed after escaping at Minnesota Zoo"

Post by WQ Coordinator » Mon Jun 27, 2011 11:38 am

I was trying to keep an eye out for a topic like this after the incident... sorry I missed it. I was at the zoo that day, and only found out a wolf had escaped when some kids were ushered into our (private) office area. I listened to the radio conversations after that point, and it was obvious the zoo keeper staff knew exactly what they were doing and had weighed the pros and cons as rapidly as they could to make what they thought would be the best decision according to the specific circumstances. I personally think it would have been quite different if the escape had not been in a highly-populated, somewhat enclosed trail at the zoo, in a highly-populated city. An animal that's cornered in a somewhat enclosed space can act a lot differently than an animal that escapes into a more 'wild' area, and I think that's the biggest difference between the zoo and the Wildlife Science Center. That, and anyone who suggested (on Facebook mostly) that the keepers don't care for the wolves, well, I work with them directly and can personally attest to the fact that our keepers do care for their animals to the best of their ability, and it was an extremely difficult decision to make.

Anyway, that's just my $.02, but here's the official statement about the incident:
The unfortunate incident last week at the Minnesota Zoo with the escaped Mexican grey wolf was tragic, and we are deeply saddened by the outcome. The incident was not only a tragedy for the wolf; it is also a tragedy for the species, as it could perpetuate the myth that wild wolves are a danger to people. If you are in Northern Minnesota and see or hear a wolf you should feel lucky, not afraid. A wolf, comfortable and secure in its own territory, does not pose a threat to people unless people threaten the wolf. That was not the situation at the Zoo. A frightened and disoriented wolf, running along visitor pathways, hemmed in by exhibit fences, is a potential danger to people. With the thousands of people on zoo site and the speed at which the wolf was moving, there was a chance of the wolf becoming cornered with fences, gates, or a building on one side and people on another. In that situation the wolf would be expected to defend itself and therefore pose a danger to people and to the many hoofed animals ranging along our Northern Trail.

This is the first escape of a potentially dangerous animal in the 33-year history of the Zoo. It was precipitated by the temporary housing of our Mexican wolf in an off-exhibit enclosure in order to accommodate other wolves that had been rescued from the flooding at the Dakota Zoo. That this temporary enclosure proved not to be secure is something for which we take full responsibility, and have quickly remedied.

However, once the wolf had escaped both the holding enclosure and the secondary keeper enclosure, our emergency policies were activated, and our team quickly and calmly cleared the immediate area, escorted guests to safe locations, and mobilized efforts to recover the wolf.

We have explained in detail why attempting to tranquilize the wolf was not a viable option in this instance. The difficulty of accurately delivering a dart, and the delay between a successful delivery and the tranquilizing agent taking effect could easily have escalated the potential risk to public safety. While a small number of wolf experts–some of whom we have collaborated with and hold in great professional regard–have questioned the necessity of shooting the wolf, I respectfully note that they were not here to appreciate the context of the event, nor are they responsible for the safety and well-being of thousands of children and adult visitors and a diverse animal collection.

The Minnesota Zoo has worked long and hard to make the case for wolves. Our wolf exhibits and wolf-focused education programs have won national awards. We have provided scientific and financial support for wolf conservation programs, including the Mexican Wolf Recovery Plan. Our animal management staff care deeply about every animal at the Zoo, and are now feeling more pain and heartache than is imaginable. We stand by our response, and are grateful for the many commendations we have received from guests who were at the Zoo that day, as well as the support offered by our licensing agency (U.S. Department of Agriculture) and our accrediting organization (the Association of Zoos and Aquariums).

The Minnesota Zoo has been–and remains–one of the safest and most engaging places for families to re-connect with nature. We remain a sanctuary for animals, providing naturalistic and enriched environments that have set the pace for zoos throughout the world. We remain a center for conservation, with endangered species breeding and reintroduction programs, support for in situ wildlife preservation, and public education efforts that reach millions of people, here in Minnesota and across the globe. The events of last week were very sad, and of course we will learn from the experience. But we take great pride in the services and opportunities we provide–to our animals, our guests, and the natural world–and we are confident the Minnesota community will continue to support our vital work.

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Re: "Wolf shot and killed after escaping at Minnesota Zoo"

Post by Razorfang » Mon Jun 27, 2011 2:22 pm

Though it saddens me that this particiular had to be shot, I do agree that the safety of us stands higher then something else, when a wolf has broken out. Because of the unpredictable nature of the animal, it is never sure if it will attack or not. R.I.P.

We should remember this wolf and make a remember-topic about this wolf. (my opinion)

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Re: "Wolf shot and killed after escaping at Minnesota Zoo"

Post by Violet-Shadow-Master » Tue Jun 28, 2011 6:28 pm

It's too bad this had to happen, I understand that they did it for the safety of the public but I agree.. If everyone was inside they should have tranquilized it.
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Re: "Wolf shot and killed after escaping at Minnesota Zoo"

Post by snowygirlsrock » Wed Jun 29, 2011 7:38 pm

to bad for the wolf but, you are right.
it
could have been fatal to someone if this wolf was cornered and scared, or the wolf went out in the wild and met up with another person.

But still, poor wolf.
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Re: "Wolf shot and killed after escaping at Minnesota Zoo"

Post by ZippyWizard » Mon Jul 04, 2011 8:44 am

Wow, this is unfortunate.I can understand why, though.As said, wolves won't attack people unless a)they're cornered, or b)feel absolute danger to themselves, their pups, or their home.But I think we're lucky there were no extreme freakouts.If someone completely flipped out and started running around screaming, THEN the wolf would have felt in danger, and then might have attacked someone.And that's simply because they're already terrified out of their wits, someone screaming just adds to their nerves.I'm so sorry this happened, Cana.Poor wolf.But nobody was hurt, right?
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Re: "Wolf shot and killed after escaping at Minnesota Zoo"

Post by Solar Wind Dragon » Sat Aug 06, 2011 2:01 pm

Under NO CIRCUMSTANCE does ANY living creature need to be killed. I believe all life is valuable and the only exception to killing animals is for food, which God had given humans permission to do. I don't think that the wolf had to be shot. Sedated (right word? =P) at most.
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Re: "Wolf shot and killed after escaping at Minnesota Zoo"

Post by Chiu » Mon Aug 08, 2011 6:45 am

I myself think it was right for them to shot the wolf, as I agree quite much with the topic Koa posted. As the wolf could make an threat to guests in the zoo.

However, if it could get tranquilized as the best option I'm sure it whould be done.
But this time it just didn't seem to be the best option, as someone easily could get hurt if something happend.

Still a shame though, but I'm glad no one got hurt.
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Re: "Wolf shot and killed after escaping at Minnesota Zoo"

Post by Howling Fang » Mon Aug 08, 2011 7:31 pm

WOW, i can't believe that atually happened. i feel bad for the wolf. i dont think it deserved to be killed, first of all its caged up, second it wants to be free and have a pack of its own, i bet it wasnt going to do any harm and just wanted to be free, i know it could be dangerous but they couldve found a different was to get the animal back. To me, that wouldve been SOOO COOL to see a wolf out of the encloser, though. i wouldve been totally freaked in a goodish way to see it but know it needs to be put back. but like i said i dont think it really needed to be KILLED!!!

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Re: "Wolf shot and killed after escaping at Minnesota Zoo"

Post by pocketwocket » Mon Aug 08, 2011 7:37 pm

Solar Wind Dragon wrote:Under NO CIRCUMSTANCE does ANY living creature need to be killed. I believe all life is valuable and the only exception to killing animals is for food, which Bora Bora had given humans permission to do. I don't think that the wolf had to be shot. Sedated (right word? =P) at most.
Ok i totally agree with you, that wolf had no right to be killed! it might have been dangerous but i really dont think someone will be stupid enough to corner the wolf. So what im trying to say is whoever killed that wolf i REALLY, REALLY, REALLY don't like right now and never will!!!!!


SORRY, I'm just really ANGRY at this!! :twisted: :evil: :twisted: :evil:

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Re: "Wolf shot and killed after escaping at Minnesota Zoo"

Post by 1 Faolan » Mon Aug 08, 2011 7:43 pm

pocketwocket wrote:
Solar Wind Dragon wrote:Under NO CIRCUMSTANCE does ANY living creature need to be killed. I believe all life is valuable and the only exception to killing animals is for food, which Bora Bora had given humans permission to do. I don't think that the wolf had to be shot. Sedated (right word? =P) at most.
Ok i totally agree with you, that wolf had no right to be killed! it might have been dangerous but i really dont think someone will be stupid enough to corner the wolf. So what im trying to say is whoever killed that wolf i REALLY, REALLY, REALLY don't like right now and never will!!!!!


SORRY, I'm just really ANGRY at this!! :twisted: :evil: :twisted: :evil:
Both of you, I REALLY AGREE WITH YOU!!! No animal has the right to die excaping the cage when finding an exit! The wolf probably just found an exit and said to itselff: ohhh... i can leave and now find a mate and raise a pack: doubt it but it couldve thought that, right? but like im saying it didnt deserve to die like it did. I think wolves and all animals shound die of being old, being killed by another animal (like wolves killing elk) or being used as food.(like a cow killed for steak for us)! I'm sorry if im mad i just really don't like hearing about this happening, but i know it was only for the safty of the visitors.

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Re: "Wolf shot and killed after escaping at Minnesota Zoo"

Post by Yellowie100 » Tue Aug 09, 2011 12:32 pm

No need to go insane, now.

Wow, they were pretty harsh.
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Re: "Wolf shot and killed after escaping at Minnesota Zoo"

Post by Toralu » Tue Aug 23, 2011 8:51 am

Wow. I would be scared because you never wolves are unpredictable when their cornered, I wouldn't freak I'd try and calm myself down. This is interesting. I don't think they needed to kill the wolf, it did nothing wrong, I'd put in a higher fenced area so it couldn't jump out or dig under.
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Re: "Wolf shot and killed after escaping at Minnesota Zoo"

Post by Oceansong-Direwolf » Fri Aug 26, 2011 10:02 pm

Everyone who is getting overly angry at these people, calm down! Sometimes it's the fact that in order for one thing to live, another thing must die. If people let that wolf live, then someone could have gotten attacked. But we prevented that from happening. We saved a human. It's unfortunate for that wolf to have had to die, but we saved a fellow human.
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Re: "Wolf shot and killed after escaping at Minnesota Zoo"

Post by Rhimestone » Sun Sep 11, 2011 7:15 am

I understand why they had to do this, but that doesn't mean I agree with it AT ALL. If the wolf was acting more scared than anything, they should have tranquilized it, then, if the wolf started being aggressive, THEN they could kill it. Just shooting it makes me :evil: :evil: :evil:
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Re: "Wolf shot and killed after escaping at Minnesota Zoo"

Post by Tarbtano » Sun Sep 11, 2011 10:36 am

Rhimestone wrote:I understand why they had to do this, but that doesn't mean I agree with it AT ALL. If the wolf was acting more scared than anything, they should have tranquilized it, then, if the wolf started being aggressive, THEN they could kill it. Just shooting it makes me :evil: :evil: :evil:

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Tranquilizer is not a chemical that makes a mammal drop-down-sleep within the minute. Given the fact this wolf was running around so much, the tranquilizer would have taken up to 15 minutes to work, assuming the wolf's adrenaline didn't just block it out. Taken into an account the wolf was starting to show signs of aggression, shooting at it with a large needle only would have almost guaranteed it would have gone on the attack, no matter if the tranquilizer hit or missed. With innocent people and zoo staff present, they just can risk the good chance of endangering human life with a ticked off wolf running around. THAT is why they had to shoot it
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