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DNR: Wolf Attack in Remote Marquette County Poses No Public Danger

State officials say a wolf attack on a hunting dog last week does not represent a danger to people or domestic pets.

Department of Natural Resources investigators say the incident happened along the Holyoke Trail, in a remote area near the Dead River Basin in Marquette County.

A hunter was training two beagles about 200 yards off the trail. The dogs detected a rabbit, and began barking. The sound attracted the wolf, which viewed the dogs as a territorial threat.

One dog was bitten on the leg, but did not require veterinary treatment. The hunter says that the wolf never acted aggressively toward him.

Experts say the behavior by the wolf was typical, given the circumstances. There have been no other reports of wolf incidents in the region.

The wolf is likely part of a pack that has occupied the western part of Marquette County for the past 15 years.

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