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DNA test confirms identity of wolf that bit teen

A wolf killed at a Lake Winnibigoshish campground after an attack on a teenager has been confirmed as the wolf that bit the 16-year-old, officials said Thursday.

DNA testing done by forensic scientists at the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory at the University of California-Davis showed identical matches between the wolf’s DNA profile and the profile of samples obtained from a comforter used when the teen was transported for treatment, the DNR said.

Noah Graham, 16, of Solway, was camping with friends at the West Winnie Campground in northern Minnesota when he was attacked and bitten by a wolf in the early hours of Aug. 24. The wolf bit down on Graham's head, and he had to reach behind and actually pry the animal's jaws from his head. Graham suffered an 11-centimeter wide gash on his scalp that required 17 staples to close. 

A wolf was trapped and killed Aug. 26 at the campground, but a necropsy and DNA testing was needed to confirm if it was the animal that bit Graham.

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