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Wolf hybrid on the loose in Kokomo

Wolf hybrid on the loose

Ebony, a 3-year-old black wolf hybrid, was spotted around various fast food restaurants in Kokomo after escaping her owner's backyard enclosure.

KOKOMO, Ind. (WISH) ⁠— A 3-year-old wolf hybrid named “Ebony” remained on the loose Tuesday night in Kokomo.

She evaded capture despite reported sightings near various restaurants on the west side of State Road 931, near Kentucky Drive.

Ebony and younger brother Oden had escaped Saturday from owner Robert Robinson’s backyard, he told News 8.

Wolf hybrid owners are required to keep the animals in secure, roofed enclosures under Indiana law.

“My female husky is the one that figured out how to get in the corner, dig under the dig guard and get up under the fence,” Robinson said. “Obviously, they followed suit and they followed behind her.”

He managed to rein in the husky; the hybrids were too fast for him.

They had never run away before, according to Robinson, and were likely “much more scared” than the people they had encountered.

Oden was apprehended Monday night near the Howard-Tipton county line and returned home safely.

Catching the part-dog, part-wolf mix took three hours and “a lot of patience,” according to Christy Johnson, founder of Buddy’s Bandits, an animal rescue group leading the search for the hybrids.

“There’s a lot of people contacting us, saying, ‘Hey, I’ve seen [Ebony] here, I’ve seen her there,'” Johnson told News 8. “There’s a lot of fast food joints around her. People see her [and] they’re going to want to feed her. But we are begging people ⁠— don’t feed her.”

Feeding stations and live traps set up to capture Ebony will only work if people refrain from feeding the furry fugitive, she said.

By Tuesday night, she had been spotted near McDonald’s, Burger King, Arby’s, Cracker Barrel, Gabe’s Pizza and a housing addition near Chili’s, according to Kokomo residents.

Ebony is black with gray fur around her mouth and weighs about 110 pounds. Do not feed, pet or attempt to catch her.

Anybody with information about the wolf hybrid is urged to call 765- 273-8008.


Colder and quiet rest of the week

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A good 20° swing Wednesday morning with temperatures in the lower to mid 20s this morning with feel-like temperatures in the teens. it will be a clear start then brighter heading through the rest of the morning and the afternoon! Sunshine won’t help us out too much in terms of temperatures today. Daytime highs should warm to the upper 30s. Wednesday night will be a cold one with lows in the lower 20s with a partly cloudy sky.

Thursday will be another cold one with highs struggling to reach 30°. It’ll still be a bright one with a mostly to partly sunny sky. A slow warming trend will start Friday with highs warming to the upper 30s with a mixture of sun and clouds.

This weekend will be split with a chance of showers arriving late in the day Sunday. Highs will continue to warm to the mid-40s Saturday with a partly sunny sky. Clouds return Sunday with showers later in the evening and overnight. Rain will continue through Monday. Tuesday looks to be a dry day for now then showers should return by midweek with highs in the mid 40s.