In a vicious wolf attack on Saturday morning, a 16-year-old boy was bitten in the head. The attack took place at West Winnie Campground on Lake Winnibigoshish in Minnesota. According to authorities, this is the first and only reported attack on a person by a gray wolf in Minnesota.
Following the attack, the campground, which is run by the US Forest Service, was closed to visitors. The wolf that attacked the boy was captured by trappers and shot, in order that it could be checked for rabies.
Col. Ken Soring spoke to reporters about the wolf attack. He said: “Our records do not reflect that we’ve had wolf attacks like this in Minnesota.”
The victim of the attack, Noah Graham, was near to the beach on the campsite at around 4:00 am. He was preparing to go to asleep along with a group of friends from his church. The large gray wolf then approached the group, attacked Noah, and clamped its jaws tightly around his head.
Noah’s father, Scott Graham, spoke about the sudden attack, “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 continued: “He had to physically pry the jaws of the wolf open…to get it off of him. And once he got it off of him and he was up, the wolf stood there growling at him,” he said. “And he had to shout at it and kick at it to get it to go away,”
The boy’s skull required 17 staples to close the wound and stop the bleeding. He also suffered wounds behind his left ear. As a precaution,he is undergoing a series of rabies shots, following the wolf attack.