RUMOURS have howled through Combe Martin after a timber wolf briefly escaped from its enclosure at the Wildlife Park. A park spokesperson said the female wolf had managed to chew through the fence of her enclosure on Monday, but was safely returned to cap

RUMOURS have howled through Combe Martin after a timber wolf briefly escaped from its enclosure at the Wildlife Park.A park spokesperson said the female wolf had managed to chew through the fence of her enclosure on Monday, but was safely returned to captivity within half an hour of her escapade.Despite this, the nearby village has been buzzing with rumours of a "wolf on the loose" but these have proved to be a shaggy dog story!"She was recaptured within the park grounds at the perimeter fence," said the spokesperson."The park firearms team was on site the whole time, keeping track of her until keeper Shaun Ellis and a vet could arrive."During the incident park authorities said at no time had the wolf posed any sort of threat to humans or other animals and had not been in any danger herself.Once the vet arrived a dart gun was used to anaesthetise her and she was recaptured without injury.They said she had been briefly spotted by a member of the public driving past, but had not left the vicinity of the zoo grounds.North Devon Council was informed, as is normal when any captive animal leaves its containment, however briefly. "There are protocols in place and everyone functioned in the way they are trained to do," the spokesperson said."If the incident had not been contained, the first thing we would have done is alert the police and local authorities.