An animal resembling a wolf sighted in the New Waterford area last weekend could be a family pet, according to a story by our print partner, the Lisbon Morning Journal.
Three separate sightings of the wolf-like animal took place last weekend in the area of Mick Road, according to Yellow Creek Township Trustee Kenny Biacco Jr., who said witnesses insisted what they saw was a wolf.
What people are seeing could indeed be a wolf or at least a wolf hybrid, according Rod Russell, owner of Bojangles Road House Blues in New Waterford, who believes there is a strong possibility the animal in question is his family’s beloved pet.
According to the Morning Journal, Russell’s 1-year-old wolf hybrid, Yukon, ran away March 30 from the family home in New Waterford. He was purchased about a year ago from a family friend who breeds hybrid wolves. Yukon is completely tame and very socialized, according to Russell, who said the pooch was a staple of his restaurant where he interacted with customers and their children.
“I want to get the word out that he is not dangerous, he’s a big puppy dog,” Russell told the newspaper.
The Russells, along with friends and family, have been searching faithfully for Yukon since he disappeared two months ago. They have been joined in their efforts by an ever-growing online coalition via Facebook.
Russell said he has received a number of reports, some credible and some not, saying Yukon was seen in the Unity and East Palestine areas of the county. The family now is searching in the Wellsville area.
Those with information of Yukon’s possible whereabouts are asked to call 330-846-0124 or visit the Bojangles Road House Blues Facebook page. There is a $500 reward for Yukon’s safe return.