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Columbia wolf located, will be left unharmed and dealt with humanely

COLUMBIA, MS (WDAM) -

Authorities say a wolf in Columbia has been located and the owner of the property where the animal is living says she's friendly and has been on that property for about a month.

Columbia Police Chief Clint McMurry said, "We would like the public to know that the wolf has been located at an undisclosed location close to Columbia. We are in the process of trapping the animal and turning it over to the proper authorities, but it doesn't appear to be violent, but once again it is a wolf. It's a very beautiful animal. We just want the public to know that it has been located and we are taking the proper steps to get it trapped."

Once the animal is humanely capture, authorities said, it may be sent to a wolf sanctuary in North Carolina pending a veterinarians exam and animal history.

Police reported last week that residents said a full-blooded wolf had escaped its home and been on the loose for over a month. The owner has positively identified the wolf and law enforcement has been working with local vets to come up with the safest way to catch her.

The land owner where the animal is says she plays well with his other dogs and they have even put a bowl out for her although the wolf is skiddish of people and runs off when approached.

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