A 16-year-old Solway, Minnesota, boy became the first confirmed person to be attacked by a wolf in the state’s history. Noah Graham suffered a vicious bite wound to his head while on a camping outing with his church. According to CBS News, the attack happened around 4 a.m. on Saturday morning at the West Winnie Campground on Lake Winnibigoshish. The boy was asleep with his father outside a tent on the campground when the 75-pound gray wolf (also known as a timber wolf) clamped down on the boy’s head.
Noah’s father, Scott Graham, said the attack was surprisingly quiet.
"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 said.
Scott had to pry the jaw of the wolf open just to get the animal off the boy. Once he did that, the wolf stood and growled, so he shouted and kicked at it until it retreated. The razor sharp teeth of the wolf caused a laceration on Noah’s skull that required 17 staples to close, and he also had some puncture wounds behind his left ear.
Fortunately, Noah’s dad says he will be fine, although he did have to endure the first of a series of rabies shots to fight off the potential for that disease. The wolf who attacked the boy was shot and killed so the University of Minnesota veterinary diagnostic lab could test it for rabies.
Local enforcement director Col. Ken Soring said, “Our records do not reflect that we’ve had wolf attacks like this in Minnesota.” One theory is that the wolf attacked due to having a deformed jaw, which was discovered at the lab. This, in turn, might have rendered him helpless in hunting prey in the wild.
“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," Col. Soring said.
As a parent of a young boy, these types of stories always hit a bit too close to home. We wish Noah a speedy recovery from his injuries.
Source: CBS News