Missing Wolf Found and Returned to Chipley Preserve, Sheriff’s Office Says

Tahané went missing when his enclosure was damaged during Hurricane Michael.
Photo courtesy Seacrest Wolf Preserve Facebook Page

They found him.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office says it has located and returned a missing gray wolf, Tahané – who had escaped from his enclosure during Hurricane Michael — to the Secrest Wolf Preserve.

The sheriff’s office says on its Facebook page that a deputy spotted Tahané on Friday night in the Ebro area, about 35 miles southwest of the wolf preserve in Chipley.

The deputy lost sight of the wolf but got assistance from a resident who later spotted him, the sheriff’s office says.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!! PLEASE SHARE WITH FRIENDS AND HELP US GET THE WORD OUT! Seacrest Wolf Preserve, Inc. is offering a $800.00 reward to anyone who provides information and a direct location that allows us to find him and get him home safely. Tahané has been spotted in the Vernon, Holmes Valley area. He is NOT human aggressive or a threat to anyone. Tahané has spent the last 16 years of his life as an ambassador in our educational programs and has been touched, held, and loved on by thousands of people. He is scared and traumatized by Hurricane Michael which is what has caused him to flee to the woods. Once we have a direct location of where he is, we can tranquilize him in order to calm him down so that we can bring him home safely. If you see Tahané or know of someone who has seen him PLEASE: •DO NOT SHOOT HIM, PLEASE help us bring our baby home• Contact SWP at 850-381-2318 or message our Facebook page in case we do not have phone service at the timePlease share and help us get the word out!! Thank you everyone and we will keep you updated TAHANÉ IS A GRAY WOLF, AND HIS COLORING IS SIMILAR TO ECHO, THE ALPHA FEMALE SHOWN IN THE VIDEO BELOW.

Posted by Seacrest Wolf Preserve Inc. on Wednesday, October 17, 2018

“Once Tahané’s owner arrived, the wolf came to her side immediately and the pair was safely reunited,” the Facebook post says.

Seacrest Wolf Preserve reported on social media last week that Tahané escaped and fled into the woods about two weeks ago as Hurricane Michael pummeled the area. Seacrest offered a $800 reward for the wolf’s return.

“He is NOT human aggressive or a threat to anyone,” Seacrest wrote on its Facebook page. “Tahané has spent the last 16 years of his life as an ambassador in our educational programs and has been touched, held, and loved on by thousands of people.”

Seacrest added in an appeal to residents: “DO NOT SHOOT HIM, PLEASE help us bring our baby home.”

The Seacrest Wolf Preserve is a non-profit organization that says it’s “dedicated to wolf and wildlife conservation through education.”

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office thanked the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance.

It also thanked the last residents to call in a sighting, Shelly and Anthony White.

“Without their quick thinking the outcome could have been very different,” the Facebook post said.

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