DNA tests confirm a wolf trapped and killed at a northern Minnesota campground is the same wolf that attacked a 16-year-old there. The Department of Natural Resources says the wolf’s DNA matched samples obtained from a comforter used when he was taken to a hospital for treatment.
Tests show the wolf suspected of attacking a 16-year-old boy over the weekend did not have rabies. The DNR trapped and killed a wolf they believed attack the teen, but they are still waiting on the results of DNA tests to be sure.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says the wolf suspected of attacking a teenager during a camping trip in northern Minnesota has tested negative for rabies. The wolf that was tested was trapped and killed Monday at West Winnie Campground on Lake Winnibigoshish.
Few shorelines in Minnesota are more serene than the wild and western side of Lake Winnebigoshish. As gentle waves lap the rocky coast, campers and anglers alike get a true sense of wilderness along one of the state’s premier fishing lakes.
It’s being called the first confirmed attack of a person by a gray wolf in Minnesota history, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Now, a 16-year-old Solway boy is home recovering from a vicious bite wound to the head. It happened early Saturday morning at the West Winnie Campground on Lake Winnibigoshish in north central Minnesota. The campground is operated by the U.S. Forest Service and was temporarily closed following the wolf attack. The gray wolf, also known as a timber wolf, was captured by trappers with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The wolf was shot and killed to permit testing for rabies at the University of Minnesota veterinary diagnostic lab.