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Florida animal preserve offers $800 reward to find wolf that escaped during Michael

Seacrest Wolf Preserve co-owner says Tahane 'running for his life'

The Seacrest Wolf Preserve is offering an $800 reward for the safe return of Tahane.
The Seacrest Wolf Preserve is offering an $800 reward for the safe return of Tahane. (Courtesy of Seacrest Wolf Preserve)

CHIPLEY, Fla. – A Florida animal preserve is offering an $800 reward for the return of a wolf named Tahane that escaped as Hurricane Michael ripped through the area.

In a video posted on Facebook, Seacrest Wolf Preserve co-owner Cynthia Watkins pleaded for the public's help in finding the 16-year-old gray wolf.

Watkins said the preserve in Chipley, which is north of Panama City, took a hard hit from the Category 4 hurricane that hit Oct. 10.

"He experienced extreme stress," Watkins said. "During the storm, trees were crashing down. A giant oak fell on his fencing and he fled in terror."

Watkins said Tahane "is running for his life" and "is as much a victim of Michael as any human." She also said Tahane is not a threat and asked people not to shoot Tahane.

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 time Please 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