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CanadaSurvivors of rare wolf attack in Banff recount how animal attacked tent in middle of night

19:37  13 august  2019
19:37  13 august  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

Wolf involved in rare Banff National Park attack was old and in poor condition

Wolf involved in rare Banff National Park attack was old and in poor condition LAKE LOUISE, Alta. — A wolf that attacked a man in a tent at a campground in Banff National Park last week was an older animal in poor health. Parks Canada said the wolf attacked the man early Friday morning at the Rampart Creek campground on the Icefields Parkway north of Lake Louise. "He had been camping with his wife and two children and around midnight sometime he heard noises around the campsite," said Jon Stuart-Smith, a human-wildlife conflict specialist. "He tried to scare it off by just making some noise from inside the tent, thinking it might be a bear. He poked the side of his tent and that's when the wolf bit him through the tent.

Fatal bear attacks in North America have occurred in a variety of settings. There have been several in the bears' wilderness habitats involving hikers, hunters, and campers.

There are a few documented and undocumented wolf attacks on humans in North America in comparison to Eurasia and other larger carnivores.

Survivors of rare wolf attack in Banff recount how animal attacked tent in middle of night © Getty A file photo of a wolf.

Russ Fee thought the panicked voices rising from the campsite next to his were from parents whose child had gone missing — until he heard both a man and a woman desperately scream "help."

Panicked, himself, Fee fumbled with the zipper on his tent, finally got the mesh door open and rushed over with a lantern in hand.

At the neighbouring campsite, he saw the back end of a wolf trying to drag something from a destroyed tent, like a dog yanking at a bone.

"It was just so much larger than any dog I've ever seen," Fee told the Calgary Eyeopener on Tuesday.

Inside the tent was a family visiting Banff from the New Jersey — two young boys, their mom and dad. The father's arm was clamped in the animal's jaws, as he tried to fend the wolf off.

Banff campground remains closed as wolf attack investigation continues

Banff campground remains closed as wolf attack investigation continues A campground in Banff National Park remains closed as the investigation into a wolf attack continues. Parks Canada is awaiting results of DNA tests to confirm that a wolf euthanized after the attack was the one involved. As a preventive measure, the Rampart Creek campground on the Icefields Parkway will be closed until the investigation is completed, which could take one day to a week, said Parks Canada spokesman Gregg Walker. “We need to make

A wolf that attacked a tent and injured a camper has been killed and the campground has been closed after a rare incident took place in Banff National Park, officials say. Around 1 a.m. on Friday, Parks Canada received a report of a wolf attack at Rampart Creek Campground off the Icefields Parkway

A Banff National Park camper was injured and taken to hospital Friday after a wolf attacked their tent , in what public officials are calling a rare incident. The animal believed to be responsible for the attack was located about one kilometre south of the campground and was put down by Parks Canada.

Fee made a snap decision on how to help.

"I had a good run going at the time…. and it was just so quick and the screams were so intense, that I knew it was obviously a terrible situation, so I just kind of kept running at it and I just kicked it sort of in the back hip area."

An opponent 'out of my weight class'

Fee doesn't think his kick injured the wolf, but it was enough to startle it.

The animal let let go of its would-be prey, Matt Rispoli, but didn't run away.

And Fee started wondering if he had made a big mistake.

"I felt like I had kind of punched someone that was way out of my weight class," he said.

"I immediately regretted kicking it, but as soon as it popped out of the tent, Matt came flying out. His whole half side was just covered in blood, but he was pretty amped up too, so we both just started screaming at it."

Banff campground closed after wolf attack

Banff campground closed after wolf attack The wolf left one person with injuries to their hand and arm after attacking a tent in the Rampart Creek Campground.

This is a list of significant wolf attacks on humans worldwide, by century, in reverse chronological order. List of wolf attacks in North America. Fatal dog attacks in the United States.

Wolf attacks aren’t supposed to happen this way, but wolves don’t exactly act as expected in Northern Saskatchewan. On the very rare occasion that a The Northern Saskatchewan wolf is a hungrier animal than its cousins in Banff or the B.C. coast — unlike in lusher areas to the south, there are no

Fee says the animal backed off a bit, but they had to throw rocks at it to keep it at bay.

Eventually, Fee and the American family fled to Fee's campsite and joined his wife, taking shelter in their vehicle.

The view from inside the tent

Elisa Rispoli, Matt's wife, posted the story from her point of view on Facebook.

She says her husband threw himself between the snarling wolf and his family.

"I laid my body on top of the kids and Matt pinned the wolf to the ground and held open its jaw with his hands, and the wolf started to drag Matt away, while I was pulling on his legs trying to get him back," wrote Elisa.

"I cannot and don't think I'll ever be able to properly describe the terror."

She wrote that Matt suffered puncture wounds and lacerations on his arms and hands, but that he's OK.

She said Fee was a "guardian angel."

Parks Canada tracked the wolf believed to be responsible for the attack and killed it. It says attacks like this are extraordinarily rare.

Rampart Creek Campground, where the attack took place, remains closed.

With files from The Calgary Eyeopener

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