A lot of you have been asking, or thinking - "Why didn't they use a tranquilizer?"
Here's your answer.
Source: http://www.thisweeklive.com/2011/06/09/ ... an-option/The Minnesota Zoo has issued a statement explaining why a Mexican gray wolf was shot and killed, rather than tranquilized, after the animal escaped its enclosure Wednesday morning and began wandering the zoo grounds.
“Wolves are potentially dangerous wild animals. As such, the zoo’s trained and licensed animal escape team is authorized to shoot if there is a potential danger to people (guests or staff),” the zoo said in the statement. “The large number of guests on site and the location of the animal made today’s decision the only one possible under the circumstances.”
Zoo visitors were directed into the nearest building after the male wolf squeezed between two panels in its enclosure, got over an 8-foot-high fence and into the Northern Trail area. No injuries to people were reported.
The zoo cited the following reasons why a tranquilizer was not an option:
• Tranquilizers can take 10 to 15 minutes to fully take effect on an animal;
• a tranquilizer shot can cause an animal to run more and become more aggressive during those 10 to 15 minutes, and a missed tranquilizer shot can have the same result;
• adrenaline can block the effects of a tranquilizer and possibly override any effects;
• tranquilizer darts need to deploy all of their drugs for best results, and when the animal is moving the dart can fall out or bounce off the animal; and
• when an animal is near zoo guests, staff or perimeter fences, it is too risky to wait for tranquilizers to take effect.
“While it is regrettable that this animal had to be shot, it was the appropriate reaction to the situation. The zoo’s primary concern is the safety of our guests, our employees and the community in which we operate,” the zoo stated. “This is the first time anything of this sort has happened at the Minnesota Zoo, and we will redouble our efforts to prevent anything like it from happening again.”