China Police Kill Wolf Suspected of Attacking 7 People

Police in eastern China believe they have killed a gray wolf responsible for attacking seven people in Tengzhou in the span of six days, Msnbc.com reports. Two of the victims, including a 62-year-old woman, died as a result of the horrific encounter.

Authorities wasted no time in shooting at the wolf when they encountered it in a wheat field on Monday. Police shot the wolf in the leg and then chased the injured animal for an estimated 12 miles before they were able to finally kill it.

It is still unknown if the wolf killed was actually the one responsible for the attacks or why the wolf attacked in the first place. Some speculate that the wolf attacked because it had rabbies.

Wolf attacks on humans are rare -- there have been only two documented cases of fatal wolf attacks on humans in North America, according to a 2010 Msnbc.com report.