Wolf believed to have bitten Minnesota boy tests negative for rabies
A 75 lb. gray wolf wildlife experts suspect bit a 16-year-old Solway boy Saturday at Lake Winnibigoshish campground has tested negative for rabies, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Thursday.
The wolf was trapped and killed Monday at the site of the attack, the West Winnie Campground.
The DNR said Thursday that is not 100 percent sure, and that they may never be, that the wolf killed Monday is the wolf that attacked Noah Graham, who was bitten early Saturday morning and suffered a large gash to the head.
Graham's shirt, a potential source of wolf saliva, has been sent to the University of California-Davis for DNA testing, which is expected to take several weeks.
A necropsy report on the wolf is being conducted at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, and those results also are expected to be released in several weeks.
Ann Long-Voelkner, a spokesperson for the Chippewa National Forest, said the West Winnie Campground reopened Wednesday afternoon.
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