A PACK of wolves are on the loose in a Canadian city after escaping from a zoo through a hole deliberately cut in the fence.
The Greater Vancouver Zoo has been shut following the incident with a “small number” of wolves still roaming free.
The zoo said most of the wolves were now back safely in their care – but a frantic search is underway for the rest of the pack.
It said the manner of their escape is “suspicious, and believed to be due to malicious intent”.
The enclosure usually holds nine wolves and six cubs – and it’s not clear how many of the animals escaped.
Cops are investigating how the wolves got out of the zoo using a hole in the fence which appeared to be deliberate.
“Langley RCMP are investigating what appears to be unlawful entry and vandalism,” zoo officials said.
A visitor said they were turned away due to an “issue with an animal,” and told nobody was allowed in the park due to safety concerns.
The zoo said the wolves do not pose a threat to the public.
But British Columbia Conservation Officer Service told CTV news that people should “keep their distance” if they do see the animals.
No injuries have been reported by the public or the staff.
The zoo said: “The Greater Vancouver Zoo is working with the Langley RCMP and the B.C Conservation Officer Service to contain wolves that have been found outside their enclosure this morning.
“This is an ongoing investigation and is suspicious, and believed to be due to malicious intent.
“Most wolves are back in the care of our animal health and welfare team. GVZoo staff continue to actively search for small number of remaining wolves unaccounted for.
“Langley RCMP are investigating what appears to be unlawful entry and vandalism.
“Zoo officials say there is no danger to the public and ask anyone who sees a wolf in the Greater Vancouver Zoo area to contact the following below.
“If you have information contact The Greater Vancouver Zoo 604-856-6825 Ext. 2004 Langley RCMP 604-532-3200. B.C. Conservation Officer Service 1-877-952-7277.”
The Greater Vancouver Zoo has been caught up in controversy in the past.
In 2019, a young girl was rushed to hospital after she was bitten by a black bear at the attraction.
In the same year, advocacy group Zoocheck found animals at the zoo were suffering from a lack of enrichment.
And in 2021, problems continued when an employee was injured by a jaguar during feeding.