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Wolf suspected in attack not rabid, tests show

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BEMIDJI, Minn. -- A 75-pound gray wolf wildlife experts suspect bit a 16-year-old boy Saturday at a northern Minnesota campground has tested negative for rabies, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Thursday.

The wolf was trapped and killed Monday at the site of the attack, the West Winnie Campground on Lake Winnibigoshish between Bemidji and Grand Rapids.

The DNR said that it is not 100 percent sure, and that they may never be, that the wolf killed Monday is the wolf that attacked Noah Graham of Solway. Graham was bitten early Saturday morning and suffered a large gash to the head. Graham was treated at a Bemidji hospital and discharged.

Graham's shirt, a potential source of wolf saliva, has been sent to the University of California-Davis for DNA testing, which is expected to take several weeks.

A necropsy report on the wolf is being conducted at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, and those results also are expected to be released in several weeks.

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