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CanadaFamily recalls unusual wolf attack at Banff campground on social media; campground reopens

10:43  14 august  2019
10:43  14 august  2019 Source:   calgaryherald.com

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LAKE LOUISE, Alta. — A campground in Banff National Park where a wolf attacked a man in a tent last week has reopened to the public. Parks Canada found the wolf about a kilometre away from the campground and killed the animal.

Family recalls unusual wolf attack at Banff campground on social media; campground reopens © Mike Drew File image of a wolf in Banff National Park.

A New Jersey family recounted on social media their horror movie come to life, after a wolf tore open their tent, attacked them and injured the father.

Just after midnight on Friday, a wolf attacked the family while they slept in their tent at a campsite at Rampart Creek campground in Banff National Park, Elisa Rispoli wrote in a Facebook post recounting the night’s events.

While Elisa laid on top of her two young sons to shield them, Matthew Rispoli, the father, guarded his family against the large animal, Elisa wrote.

“Matt literally threw his body in front of me and the boys, and fought the Wolf as it ripped apart our tent and his arms and hands,” the post read.

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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.

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The Banff campground will remain closed until a full investigation is completed. The camper was transferred to a hospital in Banff . Rampart Creek Campground is currently closed because of the wolf attack Friday. “It’s quite unusual ; it would be the first such case I’ve heard of (in Alberta) of wolves

Only hours before, the family had been skipping rocks and swimming in a crystal clear glacial lake, according to an Instagram post . But in that moment, Elisa and the kids were screaming for help while Matthew was pinned to the ground by the wolf, holding its jaw open with his bare hands.

The “horror movie” continued as the wolf began dragging Matthew away from the tent. Elisa grabbed his legs to pull him back.

I cannot and don’t think I’ll ever be able to properly describe the terror,” wrote Elisa.

This is a hard thing to post, since I haven’t fully comprehended that it happened yet. Last night, while sleeping in our...

Posted by Elisa Rispoli on Friday, August 9, 2019

As she tugged on the legs of her husband, Elisa wrote that a “guardian angel” from the neighbouring campsite heard the commotion and came to check on the family.

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The neighbour, Calgarian Russ Fee, threw a rock at the wolf, which caused it to let go of Matthew.

The family ran to Fee’s van, throwing rocks and yelling at the wolf, which followed them, wrote Elisa.

Matthew was treated at the Banff hospital with puncture wounds and lacerations on his hands and arms, traumatized but otherwise stable.

A wolf was found by Parks Canada staff one kilometre from the campsite shortly after the incident and was euthanized.

Parks Canada had closed the Rampart Creek campground until DNA tests could be done to ensure the euthanized wolf was the predator they were looking for. The campground reopened on Monday.

Public safety remains our top priority and Parks Canada takes the protection of wildlife very seriously. In rare incidences such as these, the destruction of an individual animal is required to ensure public safety,” Parks Canada said in a statement Tuesday.

Banff campground remains closed as wolf attack investigation continues

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Parks Canada said they’ve determined the wolf’s actions, in the rare and unusual attack, were likely due to its physical condition.

Family recalls unusual wolf attack at Banff campground on social media; campground reopens Matt Rispoli is shown on a recent Instagram post near Banff, AB. Rispoli and his family from New Jersey was attacked by a wolf while tent camping recently and recounted the story on social media.

Veterinary tests have confirmed that the wolf was in poor condition and likely nearing the end of its natural life span,” said Parks Canada.

On Sunday, the Rispolis posted their story to their Instagram account with images taken before the attack. “It is not lost on me that we took the most pics during our trip at the site that only hours later would turn into the worst night of our lives.”

On Tuesday, Matthew received more rabies shots in Calgary before posting a photo of Maligne Canyon in Jasper National Park on Instagram, with the caption, “I couldn’t find a picture that screams I don’t have rabies so I went with one of my favourites from the trip.”

The family said they would also be visiting with the Fee family, who helped them in their time of need, while in the city.

Elisa concluded her Facebook post thanking her husband for fighting with everything he had.

“Matt is our absolute hero (I mean, way more than he normally was) and we are forever grateful to Russ who came to our aid and likely saved Matt’s life,” she wrote.

In an Instagram post on Monday, the family lightheartedly wrote, “The Lakes in Alberta and BC are amazing, the mountains are dynamic, the wildlife is (well you know). Even though half of our trip has been focused on getting our lives back together I still find it stunning up here . . . I’m sure I’ll be back someday but maybe in a camper van instead.”

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