Rare wolf attack near Lake Winnibigoshish


Minnesota DNR reported capturing and killing this wolf, believed to be the one that attacked a teenager this weekend near Lake Winnibigoshish.

Wolves don’t normally do this, but a wolf emerged from the woods at the West Winnie Campground in northern Minnesota over the weekend and attacked a human, latching on to a boy’s head and causing lacerations. The 16-year-old was laying on the ground near a tent and was taken by surprise in a 4 a.m. wolf attack.

Wildlife officials believe the wolf had a jaw abnormality that prevented it from hunting its normal prey. A wolf “matching the description” from the wolf attack was captured and killed the next day. Officials have closed the campground until they are sure they have the right wolf. The injured boy was stitched up in Bemidji and did not face life-threatening injuries.

I was talking to some folks in the know about this and they were very concerned people would overreact. Wolves very rarely attack humans, almost always in the event of disease or injury.

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