An injured lone wolf attacked a number of people at Lake Superior Provincial Park.

Read about it in the Hamilton, Ontario newspaper. Article.

 
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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

8 Responses to Six injured in rare wolf attack (Ontario)

  1. avatar Erin Miller says:

    It never ceases to amaze me that there’s always an excuse for attacks, this time the wolf was injured and that’s why it attacked several children and attempted to drag them off. If I’m hurt do I attack other creatures who haven’t provoked me? I’m no wolf but a creature not so different in nature. When this happens to a child, the child is killed and there’s nothing “wrong” with the wolf, what’ll the excuse be then. At least this wasn’t a wolf planted in an area where it’s subspecies isn’t native.

  2. Seems to me there was plenty wrong with the wolf: “The wolf had a broken clavicle and tooth when it was shot following the attacks, which may explain [emphasis mine] its abnormal behaviour, said health unit inspector Bob Frattini. ‘Wolves work in packs and not individually, and it was probably ostracized,’ Frattini said.”
    Erin, the wolf was not spared. It was immediately killed as it should have been. An explanation of an event is not the same as a justification of an event. No one is justififying the wolf attack, right?
    Regarding the reintroduced wolves in Idaho and Wyoming, all of the wolf attacks have been in Canada (3 so far in the last 2 years). None have been where these allegedly non-native wolves were “planted.”

    Ralph

  3. avatar dcookie says:

    Domestic dogs attack “other creatures that haven’t provoked them” daily all over the world..excuse? Talk about planted.

  4. avatar John says:

    Hi think that Erin needs some perspective. No one is suggesting that the wolf attack was OK – that is why it was shot. No one gave excuses, just reasons for the attack. Similarly, when a plane crashes and kills 250 people, excuses are not given, but reasons for the crash are speculated. 3 wolf attacks in 2 years in a country as large as Canada is very miniscule compared to other causes of death. Perspective is a must…

  5. avatar Erin Miller says:

    I suppose it’s one’s “perspective” whether it’s a reason or an excuse.

  6. avatar Greg says:

    Erin,
    It’s just my opinion, but I see where anyone is one is making excuses.. It’s obviously, never a good thing when a person, be it a child or an adult, is injured or killed by a wild animal. No one is arguing that.

    As for perspective.. The perspective here, is that knowledgeable people are offering possible explanations as to what may have caused the wolf attack in the first place. The fact of the matter, whether you choose to believe it or not, is that wolves do not, as a rule attack humans. Therefore, if we can discover the reason why this particular animal attacked people, we can then work to prevent similar incidents from happening the future, and thats a good thing for both wolves and people..

    Cheers

  7. avatar Greg says:

    My apologies.. I don’t see where anyone is making excuses is what I meant to say..

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