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DNA test confirms ID of wolf that bit teen

DNA test confirms ID of wolf that bit teen Click to Enlarge Photo: Dennis Donohue, Photos.com

Sep 26, 2013 at 1:08 pm

ST. PAUL (AP) - DNA tests confirm a wolf trapped and killed at a northern Minnesota campground is the same wolf that attacked a 16-year-old there.

The Department of Natural Resources says the wolf's DNA matched samples obtained from a comforter used when he was taken to a hospital for treatment.

The DNR says final necropsy results on the wolf show a number of abnormal conditions that may have contributed to it biting a human.

It says the wolf, estimated to be 1½ years old, likely experienced a traumatic injury as a pup that developed into a severe facial deformity, dental abnormalities and brain damage.

DNR wolf specialist Dan Stark says it's surprising the wolf lived so long.

It was Minnesota's first documented wild wolf attack on a human resulting in a significant injury.

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