The folks trying to safely catch the wolf-dog of Pennypack Park have two messages:
The public needs to stop feeding it and intentionally scaring it away.
And the former owner could save its life by coming forward.
"Help us out with this thing. Help us capture this thing. Help us have a peaceful, happy ending for everybody involved," said wildlife conservation officer Jerry Czech of the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
(Czech be reached through the Game Commission's regional office in Reading, at 610-926-3136.)
In any case, custody of the canine, if illegal, would be forfeited.
If the animal's part-wolf, a home would found at a sanctuary, Tompkins said. Adoption's an option if it's all dog, and there's no known owner.
It looks like a wolf-husky mix, said Mark Peralta, chief operating officer of the Pennsylvania SPCA. While working in Colorado, he saw 20 to 30 dogs that were part-wolf, and usually part German shepherd, Siberian husky, or Alaskan malamute.
An estimated 100,000 to 300,000 wolf-dog hybrids live in the United States, he said.