Conn. officials probe reports of wolf-dogs

In this July 16, 2004, file photo is a gray wolf at the Wildlife Science Center in Forest Lake, Minn. A Wisconsin judge is to decide Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, whether to issue an injunction blocking wolf hunts while he weighs a lawsuit filed by a coalition of humane societies. They allege the DNR failed to set up restrictions on the use of dogs, creating the potential for bloody wolf-dog fights in the woods. (AP Photo/Dawn Villella, file)

NORTH STONINGTON, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut environmental conservation police are investigating reports about hybrid wolf-dogs attacking people and animals in the southeastern part of the state.

The Day of New London reports that police have been alerted to the possible presence of one or more wolf-dogs around Long Pond in North Stonington and Ledyard. The hybrids reportedly have attacked at least two horses, bitten a bicyclist and threatened a local resident, who shot one to death.

State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection officials say wolf-dog hybrids are dangerous and it’s illegal to own them in Connecticut.

The man who shot one of the wolf-dogs says three large, white canines without collars surrounded him outside his horse barn last month. He says testing on the animal he killed showed it was a wolf-dog hybrid.

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Information from: The Day

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