A wolf attack, the first ever documented in Minnesota on a human, happened to a 16-year-old boy in a north central Minnesota camp ground. This wolf attack happened silently and quickly and it took the boy's father using all his strength to pry open the wolf's mouth to get his son's head out of the wolf's mouth, according to CBS News on Aug. 27.
The teen and his family were camping with their church group at the West Winnie Campground on Lake Winnibigoshish. Noah Graham was down by the beach area of the camp ground with friends at about 4 p.m. when he decided to lay down near a tent to take a nap. This is when the 75-pound male gray wolf, also called a timber wolf, snuck up from behind and clamped his jaw around the teen's head.
The boy's father, Scott Graham, grabbed a hold of the wolf's jaws and tried to pry them open so the wolf would let his on go. Finally the dad was able to free his son, but the wolf wouldn't back down. It stood there and growled at the father. Scott Graham had to scream and kick to get the wolf away from them.
Noah's skull required 17 staples to close the gash that the wolf's teeth left behind. He also had several puncture wounds around his left ear. Today Noah is resting at home and doing fine, he needed to start the rabies treatment regiment of injections in case the wolf did have rabies.
The wolf was shot and killed and it's currently being tested for rabies. The wolf has been examined and it was found he had an abnormality with its jaw. This may have made it difficult for the wolf to kill its prey, which could be the reason he went for the boy, who might have looked like easy prey there on the sand laying down.
"it's too early to speculate as far as the condition or the causes with this animal, but it is not characteristic of wolves to approach people," said Col. Ken Soring, enforcement director for the DNR. He continued to say that Saturday's attack was "freakish and unprecedented."