UPDATE: A missing wolf was shot and killed by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers last night in Chipley.
According to Stan Kirkland of the FWC, the 80 to 100-pound wolf was spotted by an investigator with the Washington County Sheriff's Office near Roulhac Middle School in Chipley last night, more than 16 miles from the Seacrest Wolf Preserve. The wolf had gone missing during flooding from heavy rains last week.
According to Kirkland, FWC officers had tried to capture with animal with no luck.
"This was a large carnivore, scared and frightened, that had never had to fend for itself, and near a school," Kirkland said. "The major made the decision to put the animal down."
FWC officers were returning the carcass to the owners when they were flagged down by a resident saying that a wolf was loose and trying to get back into the preserve. "This was another animal that the preserve owners didn't know was loose," Kirkland said. That animal was captured without incident and returned to the owners of the preserve.
A missing wolf in Chipley has been spotted in the area and authorities are working to capture it.
The animal was one of two that escaped after last weeks bad weather at the Seacrest Wolf Preserve in Chipley one drowned in the floods, the other ran off.
Stan Kirkland with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said the wolf was spotted in Chipley, and they are still searching for him.
Kirkland said even though the animal was used to humans while in captivity, he is still a wild animal that is scared and hungry and that makes it unpredictable.
If you see the wolf in the Washington County area, do not approach it, you should call the Wildlife Alert Hotline. 1-888-404-3922