Wolf Attack Is First Ever in Minnesota; Teen Bitten on Head Recovering

Tuesday, 27 Aug 2013 05:34 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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After a wolf attack, a teenage boy is recovering in Minnesota. A gray wolf bit the 16-year-old on the head at a campsite in what authorities are saying is the first confirmed wolf attack in the state.

Noah Graham was lying down outside a tent at Lake Winnibigoshish about 4 a.m. when he was attacked from behind by the wolf. Scott Graham, Noah’s father, said the attack was fast.

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“The wolf just came up behind Noah, he didn’t hear anything, and it just grabbed him by the back of the head and wouldn’t let go,” Scott Graham told CBS News.

State authorities said the attack was unusual and they didn’t find any other records of wolf attacks in the state.

A wolf believed to be the attacker was captured and killed to check for rabies.

KARE 11 reported that the tear in Noah Graham’s head was 14 inches long.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services helped find the wolf and trap it, the radio station said. The captured wolf’s DNA will be checked to make sure it was the one who attacked Graham. A Department of Natural Resources spokesman said the wolf’s jaw was “misaligned,” which may have made it hard for him to catch food.

“There were no other wolves witnessed throughout this event," DNR’s Tom Provost told KARE. “Just by its behavior and the fact that it was letting itself be seen that close to humans and actually approaching humans, it is incredibly abnormal behavior and I would not suspect that there is other wolves involved.”

Only two wolf attacks on record have been fatal in North America, KARE said, one in Canada and one in Alaska.

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