BETHEL, Alaska, Sept. 19 (UPI) — A 35-year-old hunter says he was attacked by a rabid wolf in southwestern Alaska.
The Anchorage Daily News reported Saturday Roderick Phillip of Kongiganak, Alaska, was saved when his brother Eric shot and killed the aggressive animal.
Phillip said he suffered a bite to his upper right thigh during the Sept. 10 attack along the Kuskokwim River. The brothers and a third member of the hunting party returned to Bethel, Alaska, with the wolf carcass to allow for testing.
After tests found the wolf had rabies, Phillip was provided with a vaccine he will have to inject multiple times during a 28-day period.
Alaska Department of Fish and Game wildlife veterinarian Kimberlee Beckmen told the Daily News that since 1971, there have been 19 confirmed cases of rabies in wolves in Alaska.
“When they’re actually clinical with rabies, they are biting at anything that moves. In fact, it doesn’t even have to be an animate object,” Beckmen said of the aggressive behaviors associated with the disease. “They just bite indiscriminately.”
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