UPDATE 8:12 p.m. Monday: Missing wolf hybrid Nishka has returned home to Paso Robles, WHAR-Wolf Rescue announced on its Facebook page Monday night.
The animal rescue group didn't offer any details about how or where the husky-wolf mix was found, but said that she appears to be uninjured.
"For now she is resting safely in isolation with food and plenty of water," WHAR-Wolf Rescue said on its Facebook page. "Surely she has worked up quite the thirst."
"We want to extend a great thanks to everyone in the community that has contributed great efforts to successfully retrieve Nishka back into our care," said the group, which also thanked local media groups for covering the story of Nishka's disappearance.
The Tribune will continue to follow this story as it develops.
Original story: WHAR-Wolf Rescue began a search Sunday for a wolf hybrid on the loose in Paso Robles.
Nishka, a husky-wolf mix, ran out of a WHAR-Wolf Rescue vehicle while on an outing with the founder’s daughter near 33rd and Spring streets about 11 a.m., WHAR CEO Kristi Krutsinger said.
Because of the amount of vegetation in the area, recovery attempts have been unsuccessful, Krutsinger said. They believe she could head east toward the group's compound, but because she was raised in captivity, it is unlikely she would make it back on her own.
“I hope we can rescue her before the elements have their way with her,” Krutsinger said. “She’s never been in the wild before. It’s going to be very overwhelming for her.”
Krutsinger notified local authorities as well as ranchers about the animal, and she said she hopes to have someone in an airplane over the area looking for the wolf hybrid. Nishka is not dangerous and will not approach unfamiliar humans, Krutsinger said.
This is the first time a WHAR rescue wolf has been loose within city limits, Krutsinger said. Prior to this, the rescue facility has had only one other escape, and in that instance, the animal was easily caught near the compound.
Nishka has black, white and brown fur and yellow eyes. She weighs 80 to 100 pounds. Residents who spot the animal are asked to call WHAR at 610-6109. Residents should not approach the animal.