A wolf attack in Minn. marks the first confirmed wolf attack on a human being by a gray wolf in the whole history of the state. A 16-year-old boy lived through a serious wolf bite to the head, but it took doctors over 17 staples to close the lacerations, and the bite marks are still “visible and painful,” CBS reports this Tuesday, Aug. 27.
The dangerous wolf attack has been dubbed the first known gray wolf attack against a person in all of Minn., stated the Dept. of Natural Resources. The 16-year-old boy is fortunately home safe and sound, but will likely have some scars after surviving a fierce bite wound from the wolf straight to his head. The scary incident occurred early Saturday morning near Lake Winnibigoshish Campground in central Minn. The campground has had no recent reports of wolf attacks or even contact with the wild animals before, but the campground was closed temporarily after the attack.
The gray wolf is also known as the timber wolf, and though a beautiful and vicious hunter, wolves are known to often steer clear of humans. Yet this certainly wasn’t the case this time around for Noah Graham, the boy who suffered (and thankfully lived through) the wolf bite.
The gray wolf responsible for the dangerous attack was tracked down by professional trappers. It was shot by the trappers and then killed in order to test for rabies at the University of Minn.
The wolf attack has been called “highly freakish ... and truly unprecedented.”
"Our records do not reflect that we've had wolf attacks like this in Minnesota," said one law official.
While Noah Graham was near his tent at the Minn. lake’s campground, he heard a rustling in the nearby trees. It was only 4 a.m., and the 16-year-old was still up with several of his friends from church, enjoying a weekend camp visit.
Suddenly the 75-pound gray wolf, a male, was said to have shot out from the woods and attacked Noah, biting down on the boy’s head and refusing to let go. There was no fanfare, growling, or snarling either; Scott Graham, the boy’s dad, said that the attack was silent and ferocious.
"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 ... I can still see its teeth in his skull.”
The wolf’s sharp teeth left a severe laceration near the back of his head, needing 17 staples to close up, while the bite wound to the head also left puncture marks beneath the ear.
Noah is fortunately expected to make a full recovery, but may understandably think twice before heading out to go camping again when wolves may be about.
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