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Zoo Working to Secure Fence After Wolves Escape

Mesker Park Zoo officials said Thursday they are repairing the fence where three Mexican wolves escaped late Wednesday afternoon.

Mesker Park Zoo officials said Thursday they are repairing the fence where three Mexican wolves escaped late Wednesday afternoon.

They said three of the four Mexican wolves dug a hole in their enclosure about 45 minutes before closing time.

The two younger wolves were reportedly easily bribed with food and returned to the habitat without incident.

However, the older wolf was a bit harder to corral. He led staff on a short chase around the park, but officials said no visitors came into contact with the wolf.

Mesker Park officials said they've trained for scenarios like this. Zoo visitors were kept inside buildings or escorted out the entrance while handlers corralled the wolves.

Zoo officials say the weather may have played a factor in weakening the ground.

Zoo Director Amos Morris said they’re working on filing out incident reports and repairing the fence. He also said they’re notifying the Association of Zoos and Aquariums about the incident. 

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