Escaped pack of wolves killed in Sweden

Jan. 10, 2010 at 1:05 PM

HORBY, Sweden, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- A spokesman for a wildlife park near Horby, Sweden, said a pack of wolves was shot and killed after escaping from their sanctuary.

A Skane Wildlife Park spokesman said the wolves managed to tear down a sanctuary fence and escape, creating a dangerous situation during park visiting hours, the Swedish news agency TT reported Sunday.

The spokesman said while members of the public were never at risk, the park was evacuated as a precaution.

Foreman Johan Lindstrom voiced displeasure at having to kill the escaped wolves, but maintained the decision was likely the right thing to do given the situation.

"This was unbelievably tragic and stressful," Lindstrom said. "We think we dealt with this in the right way."

The exact number of wolves killed in the recent incident was not released. The Skane Wildlife Park contains more than 800 animals representing nearly 80 different species, TT reported.

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