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Wolf Involved in Apparent Attack Tests Negative for Rabies

Posted at: 08/29/2013 9:53 AM
Updated at: 08/29/2013 10:57 AM
By: Emily Haavik
ehaavik@wdio.com



The wolf believed to have bitten a teenager on Saturday has tested negative for rabies, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

Experts suspect the gray wolf bit a 16-year-old boy early Saturday morning in West Winnie Campground at Lake Winnibigoshish.

The wolf was trapped Monday, and the Minnesota DNR confirmed Thursday that it tested negative for rabies.

Until DNA testing is complete, the DNR said it is premature to say definitively that the tested wolf is the same one that inflicted the bites. The victim's shirt, which may contain wolf saliva DNA, and wolf muscle tissue have been sent to a lab for forensic analysis. That could take several weeks.

The U.S. Forest Service has reopened the West Winnie Campground, which was closed Saturday.