REXBURG, Idaho – A wolf that escaped from a drive-thru wildlife tourist attraction in the south east of Idaho is shot and killed by the owner of the company, and in Idaho, the officials said.
Courtney Ferguson, owner of Yellowstone Bear World in the vicinity of Yellowstone National Park, followed the wolf through the snow and shot him about an hour after the escape of the plant that also has bears, moose, bison, and deer.
“Courtney saw the tracks in the snow, followed the wolf down and with a good shot,” Doug Peterson of Idaho Fish and game told the Standard Journal in a story published Monday. “He took care of it all by yourself and relatively quick and easy.”
Peterson said the wolf was the property of Ferguson so the state of the hunting rules do not apply to the killing of the wolf.
“The wolves hunt we belong to the citizens of Idaho,” Peterson said. “This particular wolf of Courtney’s belonged to him.”
All animals in the facility, which is now closed for the winter were born and raised there, the company said.
Yellowstone National Park has drawn a record of more than 4 million visitors this year, many hope to spot wolves and grizzly bears in the wild. Ferguson wildlife park is one of the main routes in the park, with a selling point that visitors can see the animals up close.
“It is a setting other than the park, but they do get to see what these animals look like,” said Jim White, regional supervisor for Idaho Fish and game.
Yellowstone Bear World operates with a license issued by the Idaho Department of Agriculture and the animals that are permitted by the Idaho Fish and game.
White called the escape of the wolf “is an unusual, isolated incident.”
Ferguson not immediately respond on Tuesday to phone and email messages seeking comment.