Man Bitten By Trapped Red Wolf

A Creswell man was bitten this week by a trapped red wolf in Washington County.

A spokeswoman for the Alligator River/Pea Island National Wildlife Refuges says it happened Monday as the man was attempting to secure the animal and remove the trap. The man was bitten on his upper lip.

"This was an unfortunate accident; it was not an attack," explained Red Wolf Recovery Coordinator David Rabon. "Though we use every possible precaution, people who handle live animals with any frequency are susceptible to this type of accident. This animal happened to be a red wolf. The same situation could have occurred had it been a coyote or bobcat, or even a dog."

Authorities say the red wolf had current rabies and inoculations for other common canid diseases. They say as a precautionary measure, the red wolf will be kept in captivity for a few weeks to monitor its behavior.

The trapper, who authorities say was trapping on private lands, was treated at a local hospital. When contacted today by WITN News, the woman that answered his phone said he couldn't speak about it.

Eastern Carolina is the only site in the world where a wild population of red wolves exists. Red Wolf Recovery biologists estimate there are currently 130 red wolves living in the wild.


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  • by wolfdogged on Feb 9, 2011 at 06:08 PM
    Posts on the NCTA site list it as Wayne Rose's brother Tim, and he apparently got hurt real bad..... His foot slipped off the Ketch-All, and he got tore up. Story here.... http://www.nctrapper.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=general&action=display&thread=220 http://www.trapperman.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/2372530/Red_wolf_bites_trapper_on_his_.html
  • by to anonyomous@2:27 on Feb 7, 2011 at 10:32 AM
    If that red wolf was not cripple it would not only eat your cat's food but the cats as well.Do not try to make these animals out as being docile,because they are not.
  • by Cindy Location: Austin, TX on Feb 4, 2011 at 12:50 PM
    To all the people who hate wolves and other animals, shame on you. I'd rather see a countryside populated with these beautiful creatures than people full of hate like you. Can you imagine taking a vacation to Yellowstone and the only thing you see are tons of other NENC taxpayers? Wouldn't that be pretty!
  • by Anonymous Location: tyrrell co on Jan 25, 2011 at 11:27 PM
    I had a crippled red wolf that use to come eat my cat food, she did not harm the cats or me. I am glad they are being protected.
  • by local Location: tyrrell county on Jan 19, 2011 at 06:24 PM
    The story photo is a gray wolf. The government has not released gray wolves here, but a surprising number of people have gray wolf /dog hybrids as pets that get loose; people lover - if you have that level of problems with wolves you should call the Fish and Wildlife Service and tell them.
  • by local Location: tyrrell county on Jan 19, 2011 at 06:12 PM
    wolfdogged, I have seen/visited Tim, more than once. I am reluctant to speak of any other person's injuries out of respect for their privacy, but I will say what they are not. Tim does not have a scratch on his lower lip, nose or face.
  • by Psycho Location: ENC on Jan 17, 2011 at 02:47 PM
    Jerry, Really you need to go to a pyschiatrist. Maybe you will then start to howl when the moon appears
  • by Huh? on Jan 16, 2011 at 07:22 PM
    I agree wholeheartedly "People Lover!" We aren't living in the wild west; relocate them out west.
  • by wolfdogged Location: US on Jan 16, 2011 at 06:28 AM
    Tim Rose is Wayne Rose's brother. Tim was trying to take the Wolf out of the trap when his foot slipped off the Ketch Pole. Tim will have a lot of surgery's coming up. I read the WITN article about being bit on the upper lip. Tim had most of his nose and upper lip bit half off, and his lower lip was gone.
  • by jerry Location: enc on Jan 16, 2011 at 04:42 AM
    I was bitten by a red wolf, and now, when the moon is full, I wake up in the mornings with deer blood and fur on me. HELP!
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