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Wolf attack leaves Minnesota teen with split open head

By Mason White 10:30 AM August 28, 2013
Noah Graham 

By: David Ross
(Scroll down for video) A boy is lucky to be alive after an angry wolf attacked him, according to emergency workers in Minnesota.

Doctors said that a 16-year-old Solway boy was injured in an apparent wolf attack early on Saturday as he rested in his tent at Lake Winnibigoshish near Cass Lake.

Noah Graham suffered puncture wounds to the left and right sides of his face.

“I had to pull my head out of the wolf’s mouth,” Graham said after being treated for non-fatal injuries in a hospital in Bemidji.

The incident occurred in the West Winnie Campground, near where the Mississippi River enters Lake Winnibigoshish. The campground was closed and evacuated.

“The wolf came up behind him and before he knew it was there, it bit him on the back of his head,” Tom Provost, a DNR regional enforcement supervisor in Grand Rapids, said. “The first indication the boy had that he was being attacked was when he had the wolf’s jaws in his head,” he said.

“He suffered puncture wounds on his head and an 11 centimeter cut, which we had to stitch together,” Cheri Zeppelin, an officer working at the scene, said.

Wolf attacks on humans are extremely rare.

According to hospital records, this is the first time a human has been attacked by a wolf in Minnesota.

A wolf matching the description of the animal that attacked Graham was caught earlier today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Division of Wildlife Services. The wolf was killed and transferred to the University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Lab in St. Paul for a necropsy.

The wolf that was caught was a 75 pound male, which is an average size for a wolf. The wolf had a jaw deformity that could have hindered the wolf from acquiring food. No other wolves were seen in the camp.