According to a report from the Minnesota DNR, a grouse hunter recently shot a wolf that was chasing his dog. This from the report:
“(Conservation officer) Sam Hunter (of Park Rapids) took a call from a grouse hunter who had shot a timber wolf that was chasing his hunting dog. The dog ran back to the hunter with the wolf on its heels. The hunter shot the wolf at about 8 yards with bird shot as it was coming directly at him/his dog. Proper measures were taken by the hunter to notify the DNR and enforcement action was not necessary. It was a frightening experience during a grouse hunting trip that will not soon be forgotten.”
There has not been a fatal wolf attack in the lower 48 in recent history, however, there have been documented fatal attacks in Canada and Alaska.
Wolves regularly kill dogs in Northern Minnesota, especially during the winter time. The state’s hunting season is scheduled to start November 3.