Camper Wakes With Head in Wolf's Jaws

Teen survived Minnesota's first-known wolf attack

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 28, 2013 1:21 AM CDT | Updated Aug 28, 2013 6:40 AM CDT

(Newser) – A Minnesota teen says he won't be going camping again for a while after surviving the first known wolf attack on a human in state history. Noah Graham, 16, awoke before dawn to find his head gripped in the jaws of a 75-pound gray wolf. "I had to reach behind me and jerk my head out of its mouth," he tells the Bemidji Pioneer. "After I got up, I was kicking at it and screaming at it and it wouldn’t leave. But then after awhile I got it to run away."

Noah needed 17 staples to close a wound in his head and is receiving anti-rabies shots. Police later shot and killed a wolf believed to have been the culprit. Experts have offered several reasons for the unprecedented attack, CBS reports. The wolf had a deformed jaw which would have made it hard to go after large prey, it may have become accustomed to scavenging for food at the campground, and Noah's reddish-brown hair may have caused the wolf to mistake his head for a smaller creature.

A gray wolf, also known as a timber wolf, is seen in this photo provided by US Fish and Wildlife.   (AP Photo/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Gary Kramer, File)
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