Posts tagged: animal attacks
PREDATORS — A 16-year-old boy fought off a canine believed to be a wolf during an attack in northern Minnesota Saturday. If confirmed as a wolf, it could be the first reported physical attack by a wolf on a human in the lower 48 states.
Noah Graham of Solway was camping on Lake Winnibigoshish with friends last weekend, and was talking with his girlfriend just before the animal came out of nowhere and chomped the back of his head, according to the Associated Press.
Federal trappers on Monday trapped and killed a wolf they say could be the canine involved in the attack. That wolf had a jaw deformity that could have prompted rare bold behavior around humans, officials said.
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials say it could be the first documented serious-injury wolf attack on a human in Minnesota.
WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS — A relaxing evening floating the river with friends two weeks ago took a turn for the worse for Sydney Sainsbury, who was attacked by an otter about 200 yards east of the Madison River Bridge.
The otter, she said, was relentless as it attacked, leaving Sainsbury with a broken right hand, torn ligaments and tendons and many bites and scratches. She said the animal bit through joints and ligaments on her hand requiring pins to be surgically implanted in her hand joint.
Her legs, too, were bitten and scratched, as well as her stomach and arms plus a gash above her left eye.
See the story from the West Yellowstone News.
WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS — Predators can be a problem in suburban areas, especially if they are encouraged to be bold by people who leave out pet food or purposely feed them. The consequences of trying to “tame” wildlife can impact everyone in the neighborhood.
For example, check out this KOMO TV report from Western Washington:
A Confederated Salish Kootenai tribal biologist said the report of two wolves in Polson was likely correct after measuring tracks he found around a partially eaten mule deer carcass near the sightings in the Montana community. — Missoulian
WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS — This just in from Alaska: A woman used a shovel to scare away a moose that was stomping on her husband.
Maybe this would be no big deal — she probably did make the “for better or worse” vow at the altar — but consider this: The woman is 85 years old — and Alaska moose are even bigger than those found in Washington and Idaho.
See the Anchorage Daily News story and photos.