Wolf bites boy's head in Minnesota's first documented wolf attack [GRAPHIC PHOTO]

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The boy suffered serious injuries but is expected to live.
:::: UPDATE :::: Noah Graham, 16, shares crazy wolf attack story

According to the DNR, on Saturday morning, a boy was lying down near the lakeshore of Lake Winnibigoshish in West Winnie Campground when he approached and was bitten in the head by a wolf.

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The DNR says the boy "sustained multiple puncture wounds and a laceration to his head of about 11 centimeters long" but is expected to live. After he was attacked, the boy kicked the wolf, and the animal then ran into the woods.

Here, courtesy of Bemidji Pioneer reporter Justin Glawe, is a photo of the boy's injury (Glawe hasn't released the boy's name yet): Wolf attacks are exceedingly rare. In fact, the DNR reports that "a serious injury or fatal attack on a human had never been documented in Minnesota."

Earlier this morning, a 75-pound male wolf matching the description of the one that attacked the boy was trapped and killed in West Winnie Campground. Its body is being taken to the University of Minnesota for rabies tests and other examinations.

"This is an extremely rare incident and not normal wolf behavior," Tom Provost, regional manager of the DNR's Enforcement Division, said in a statement. "Because wolf bites or attacks on humans are so rare, they are poorly understood. These rare incidents have usually involved food-habituated wolves and have led to minor injuries, but no fatalities."

West Winnie Campground remains closed, and the DNR says it'll leave traps in the area for one more night to make sure another wolf isn't still in the vicinity.

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jjmaster94
jjmaster94

A description of the wolf, um it was a wolf.  OK, we'll go kill one.

Drew Baker
Drew Baker

He probably had hair product in that was animal bases, thus wolf finds head if human tasty

Angela Salzl
Angela Salzl

Now their stating the 16 yr old was asleep outside his tent and was awaken by a wolf biting his head. Probably assumed he was dead..... Makes more sense now!

thevelvetgreen1
thevelvetgreen1

I'd be willing to wager that this teenager likely antagonized the wolf in some manner.  I mean that's what teens live for, isn't it?

John Lumbar
John Lumbar

Why would you "assume" the wolf approached him? Wolves generally avoid contact with humans. I would "assume" it's more likely the kid(teen) in question foolishly "assumed" it was OK to approach a wild animal. Wonder if the kid will be honest about who did the approaching when interviewed.

Rick Ehman
Rick Ehman

There's a reason why most villains in Brother's Grim are wolves...if left unchecked, they WILL attack you, your kid, your dog , your livestock, etc. #WolfHunt #TeamPeople

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

Awesome 


wolves rule


oOOOOOOOoooooooOOWWWWOoooooooo

Paul E Nelson
Paul E Nelson

This situation is still under investigation. Who knows? Maybe it was a feral dog that looked like a wolf. This will help them slam more wolf hunting permits down the line though, which really bums me out.

Nathan Hoffmann
Nathan Hoffmann

The kid was 16. Did your parents shield you until you were like 25 or something?

Ross Levine
Ross Levine

Boy wakes up one day to find out as a result of said wolf bite that he has transformed into Jack Nicholson.

Nicole Schumacher
Nicole Schumacher

I think the word "was" is missing. That's only way the sentence make's sense. So the wolf approached him I'd assume.

Nicole Schumacher
Nicole Schumacher

The wolf population has been increasing. Their turf and food sources may be decreasing. Perhaps the heat made if go crazy or it was a bad apple of sorts. It could have been a variety of things. Why are we trying so hard to blame either the victim or their parents. And yes it was a 16 year old (did you even read the article before commenting.....?)

Angela Salzl
Angela Salzl

True he was 16 in that case wtf was he doing allowing a wolf to approach? Wolves don't just run up like a puppy...... When they say BOY that means 12 and under not a 16 yr old TEENAGER!

Nichole Kmett
Nichole Kmett

I wouldn't even call this kid a boy; I think they said he was 16.

Angela Salzl
Angela Salzl

And his parents were where? Why was this boy near water unattended? He could fall in, be kidnapped or half eaten by a wolf........... I mean come on woods equals wild life which in turn can and often does equal dangerous situations!

Nichole Kmett
Nichole Kmett

"...when he approached and bitten in the head by a wolf." uhhhh, what? Who approached who?

City Pages Minneapolis
City Pages Minneapolis

We have updated this story with a photo of the boy's injuries. (Warning: graphic.)

doxyroxy
doxyroxy

@Angela Salzl  Do you have reading comprehension problems?  The boy is 16 years old.  He could have fallen in the water yes, but NEVER would he be half-eaten by a wolf unless he was a dead carcass.  This is the FIRST documented wolf attack in Minnesota.  First.  Never before.  Original.  No one half eaten or even one quarter eaten.  DNR said wolf bites or attacks usually result in minor injuries NOT fatalities.  It's all in the article if you read it.  Woods equals wild life equals need for education.  Your logic is more dangerous than any wildlife.

thevelvetgreen1
thevelvetgreen1

@Angela Salzl I don't know if you realize this...but your display picture looks phallic at quick glance on the comment board x-D

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