Wolves Attack Chocolate Lab in Woods Near Observation Road

Baihly Warfield
Updated: May 26, 2019 10:31 PM

It's a dog owner's worst nightmare. 


Paul Moore's beloved 3-year-old chocolate lab, Venom, was attacked by wolves May 15. 

Paul and Venom were out shed hunting, or looking for deer antlers, off of Observation Road in Duluth. 

"Normal day, about 7 o'clock in the evening," Paul described. 

But the night was anything but normal. 

"Venom and I were out in the short time we had there going to do a little shed hunting and gave him a command to go up a trail. No sooner had I done that and two timber wolves come charging in," Paul described. 

He was 10 yards away from his dog, and one of the wolves had already latched onto Venom's hindquarters. 

"The other one was a few paces behind and went for Venom's neck," Moore said. "That's when I jumped in."

He threw the axe he uses as a walking stick at the second wolf as it went for his dog's neck. The handle hit the wolf and scared it off. Then he had to take care of the second one. 

"I literally threw my body down on Venom and started kicking the wolf that had him," Paul said. 

It was successful, but he doesn't necessarily recommend that move. 

"Anyone in their right mind wouldn't do what I was doing," he said. "I was just solely wanting to ... try to save him."

He said the wolves turned around when they were about 30 yards away and stared at him and Venom. 

Venom was bleeding but alive. Paul ripped off a piece of his T-shirt to try to stop the bleeding. They managed to walk about 200 yards back to Observation Rd. 

Paul said the Grand Avenue Veterinary Clinic did a great job cleaning the lab up. Venom had three tears from the wolves' teeth and five puncture wounds. Paul said they were most worried about infections. 

The dog was lethargic for about a week but seems to be making a full recovery, as he bounded around outside Sunday afternoon. 

"I'm just glad he's healthier and got some vigor in him," Paul said. 

He reported the incident to the Minnesota DNR and the Arrowhead Bowhunters Alliance to get the word out. Paul said he doesn't want to scare anyone, but he wants to make sure people are alert while they are on the trails. 

"Just to be aware when you're out, keep your dog short. Keep your youngsters close by and enjoy the outdoors," he suggested. 

Paul and Venom aren't deterred. They had their first walk back in the woods scheduled for Sunday evening. 

"Another day to be in the woods," he said. "We're thankful for that."

The Minnesota DNR has a few tips for keeping pets safe from wolves:

  • Do not feed pets outside.
  • Do not leave pets outside unattended. 
  • Get rid of garbage and food that may attract wolves. 
  • Walk dogs on a leash or under close control. 

And if you come into contact with an aggressive wolf, the DNR says: 

  • Do not run.
  • Aggressively step toward the wolf, yelling and clapping your hands. 
  • Do not turn your back to the wolf. 
  • Retreat slowly while still acting agressive. 
  • Use air horns or other noisemakers. 
  • If it attacks, stand your ground and fight with whatever is available. 
  • If necessary, climb a tree. Wolves can't climb.


Baihly Warfield

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