Stories of coyotes or bob cats wondering into North Texas neighborhoods are not unusual, especially near wooded areas. But some residents right in the middle of Dallas have reported seeing a wolf recently.
In fact, Dallas Animal Services said it captured the animal on Thursday. He looks every bit like a wolf and can be just as dangerous, but he is actually a hybrid – part wolf and part dog.
"I saw a couple of police officers while I was jogging. Stopped and asked me if I'd seen it. I told them where I'd seen it," said Wink Watkins, who lives in the neighborhood along Elsby Avenue. "It didn't really strike me as being aggressive toward me but there are so many young children in the neighborhood and a lot of people walk their dogs so it made people nervous."
Animal Services nicknamed the hybrid wolf Jacob in reference to the Twilight movies. Such animals are illegal to own in Dallas and most cities.
"They're large. They're powerful and do have a wild side to them from the wolf, so definitely not a dog to have as a family pet," said Mark Cooper, with Animal Services.
But the department does believe Jacob was someone's pet originally. He was likely turned lose or escaped and it looks like he's been on his own for about two months. He was probably eating trash and pet food left outside.
"He absolutely shows no aggression to other animals as we walk him through the kennels. He gives no attention to other animals large or small. So I really don't think he was preying on other animals," Cooper said.
Because Jacob is not sick or aggressive, he will likely end up at a special shelter for hybrid wolves and he'll live out his days there.
Animal Services has received calls about other hybrid wolves in Dallas in the past. There are people who breed them illegally and sell them as pets and because they're domesticated they tend to stay around people.
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