Wolf Believed to Have Bitten Minnesota Teen Tests Negative for Rabies

By KBJR News 1

Credit: Minnesota DNR

Wolf Believed to Have Bitten Minnesota Teen Tests Negative for Rabies

August 29, 2013 Updated Aug 29, 2013 at 10:44 AM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The gray wolf DNR officials believe bit a 16 year old boy last week at Lake Winnibigoshish has tested negative for rabies.

The Minnesota Department of Health laboratory confirmed Wednesday that the wolf tested negative. However, officials say they cannot 100 percent confirm that the wolf they tested was also the wolf that bit the teenager.

The boy's shirt, which may be a source of wolf saliva DNA, and wolf muscle tissue have been sent to a lab at the University of California for forensic analysis. The analysis is expected to take several weeks. The DNR will release the results when they are available.

The U.S. Forest Service has also reopened the West Winnie Campground, which had been closed since the attack on 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.

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