September 6, 2006


When a wolf strikes, it's no picnic
(HAYLEY MICK, 9/06/06, Globe and Mail0

Brenda Wright says she and her two children had just eaten their turkey sandwiches and settled onto their beach towels when the horror began.

Her son, Casey, 12, noticed a black, dog-like animal running across the Northern Ontario beach where the family was enjoying the last day of summer vacation.

In a sudden and unrelenting attack, the animal ripped into Casey's buttock, tore his mother's hands and leg, and bloodied his 14-year-old sister's scalp, lunging after the family of six as they fled screaming into Lake Superior.

"I was trying to fight him off and he grabbed my finger. I thought he pulled it off. . . . Honest to God, it looks like hamburger meat," Ms. Wright said yesterday from her mother's home in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

Ms. Wright's family was not the only one to face the 33-kilogram wolf. The attacks Monday by one Canis lupus ended with the animal dead and six people, including a three-year-old girl, bloodied, torn and terrified.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 6, 2006 9:19 AM

There's more to predator introduction than merely thwarting the hunter ecology.

Posted by: Lou Gots at September 6, 2006 9:39 AM

But I thought the world was made out of spongy nerf material.

Posted by: lebeaux at September 6, 2006 10:17 AM

Nerf is helpless in the jaws of the Nerfwolf!!

Posted by: Twn at September 6, 2006 10:32 AM

But the NPS told us when they campaigned to import Canadian wolves into Yellowstone that they were no danger to humans. Has speciation occurred?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at September 6, 2006 10:57 AM

If they had only built their house out of brick...

Posted by: Joseph Hertzlinger at September 6, 2006 11:08 AM

And still no one here asks the truly important question, why does the wolf hate us?

Posted by: Robert Modean at September 6, 2006 11:59 AM

Humans 1, Wolves 0 - NYPOST
6 Injured at Beach - NY TIMES

Posted by: KRS at September 6, 2006 1:03 PM

A few years ago, when ranchers around Yellowstone National Park were objecting to environmentalists' effort to reintroduce wolf populations into the park's ecosystem, out of fears they would roam outside the park's boundaries, one of the claims made was no one could show an incident of where a wolf had actually attacked a human being. Scratch that talking point from now on.

Posted by: John at September 6, 2006 1:17 PM

Live in town and just had our cat taken by coyotes the other week.

Posted by: RC at September 6, 2006 4:05 PM

My understanding was that no 'sane' wolf (i.e. no wolf without rabies) had ever attacked a human. Or to state it another way, all wolves that attacked humans were infected by rabies and should be considered insane.
Are they sure this was a wolf and not a wild dog. Wild dogs are far more likely to attack humans than wolves are.

Posted by: bbb at September 6, 2006 4:45 PM

Ah, there's a M'Naughten test for wolves?

Posted by: oj at September 6, 2006 4:51 PM

What if your flaming black bears spontaneously speciate?

Posted by: paul s at September 6, 2006 5:26 PM

The kids are more likely to--they're scary.

Posted by: oj at September 6, 2006 5:31 PM

Right on, Joseph.

Posted by: AllenS at September 6, 2006 7:55 PM