Wolf believed to have bitten boy tests negative for rabiesThe Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reported this morning that the wolf, trapped Monday at the campground, was tested at the Minnesota Department of Health laboratory.
By: News Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune
A wolf that wildlife experts suspect bit a 16-year-old boy early Saturday at the West Winnie Campground at Lake Winnibigoshish has tested negative for rabies.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reported this morning that the wolf, trapped Monday at the campground, was tested at the Minnesota Department of Health laboratory.
Officials said it may never be known with certainty that the wolf trapped, killed and tested was the wolf that bit the boy but that DNA testing may prove conclusive. The boy’s shirt, a potential source of wolf saliva DNA, and wolf muscle tissue have been sent to a laboratory at the University of California-Davis for forensic analysis. The analysis is expected to take several weeks.
The U.S. Forest Service has reopened the West Winnie Campground, which had been closed since Saturday. The University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory has conducted an initial examination of the wolf. The results of additional tests will take several weeks at which time a final necropsy report will be issued. The wolf apparently had a deformed jaw and had been hanging around the campground before Saturday’s incident.