Camping in the outdoors is a great adventure and fun for young and old alike, yet campers must take precautions against predators. Bears are typically the culprit, but as one Minnesota teenager learned, wolves can be dangerous as well. Grey or timber wolves are usually so cunning that they are rarely seen by humans, yet this one entered a campground and attacked the youngster while he slept. CBS Minnesota covered the story and posted this report.

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.

101_0079The 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. According to Col. Ken Soring, enforcement director for the DNR, Saturday’s attack was freakish and unprecedented.

“Our records do not reflect that we’ve had wolf attacks like this in Minnesota,” Col. Soring said.  The attack happened shortly after 4:00 a.m. as Noah Graham…

The photo above shows the teeth of a coyote. Imagine being bitten by a beast three times its size.

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Joe Byers has more than 1,000 magazine articles in print and is currently a field editor with Whitetail Journal, Predator Xtreme, Whitetails Unlimited, Crossbow Revolution, and African Hunting Journal magazines. He’s spent the last three decades depicting the thrill of the chase and photographing the majesty of all things wild. Byers is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and numerous other professional and conservation organizations.