Update: N. Minnesota Wolf Attack Getting National Attention

Posted at: 08/26/2013 6:31 PM | Updated at: 08/28/2013 10:32 PM


Bemidji Pioneer

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) - A 16-year-old who fought off an apparent wolf attack in northern Minnesota says he won't be sleeping outside anytime soon.
 
Noah Graham, of Solway, was camping on Lake Winnibigoshish with five of his friends last weekend. He tells The Pioneer of Bemidji (http://bit.ly/16JUDo4) he was talking with his girlfriend just before the animal chomped the back of his head early Saturday. He says he had to reach back and jerk his head out of its mouth. He says he kicked and screamed at it, but it left only reluctantly.
 
Graham says his girlfriend fled to her Jeep, while two others in their group slept through all the screaming, kicking and fighting.
 
The Department of Natural Resources think it's the first documented serious wolf attack on a human in Minnesota.
 
Information from: Pioneer, http://www.bemidjipioneer.com
 
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BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota DNR officials are waiting for DNA test results to confirm whether a wolf trapped and killed Monday is the same one that attacked a teenager from Solway. Noah Graham suffered a gash on his head when the animal chomped him at Lake Winnibigoshish early Saturday. He fought it off and has gotten a rabies shot.
 
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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says it's investigating a rare apparent wolf attack on a teenager.
 
The DNR says it happened early Saturday morning at the West Winnie Campground on Lake Winnibigoshish in north-central Minnesota.
 
It says the 16-year-old boy suffered multiple puncture wounds and a laceration on his head about 4 inches long. The wolf ran into the woods after the boy kicked it.
 
After receiving local first aid, the boy was taken to a Bemidji hospital. The wound required multiple staples to close, but was not life-threatening.
 
Tom Provost, regional manager of the DNR's enforcement division, says the wolf had a jaw abnormality, which may have contributed to the attack.
 
"It could be it was struggling to feed itself in a normal wolf manner, meaning it would have struggled with the ability to take down large animal-type prey," said Provost. 
 
Provost also reiterated several times during a conference call Monday how rare an attack like this was.
 
He says a serious injury or fatal attack on a human had never been documented in Minnesota before. The only two recorded wolf attack fatalities in North America in the last decade were in northern Canada and Alaska.
 
A wolf matching the description of the apparent attack was captured and killed on Monday.
 
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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