The wolf hunting season has not yet officially begun in Minnesota, but a hunter had to make a rapid decision to either take the wolf, or get himself or his dog mauled.
On a ruffed grouse hunt last week near Park Rapids, Minnesota, an unnamed hunter and his dog were tracking the birds when a wolf entered their vicinity.
“The dog ran back to the hunter with the wolf on its heels,” State Conservation Officer Sam Hunter told the Star Tribune. “The hunter shot the wolf at about eight yards as it was coming directly at him and his dog.”
Officer Hunter said the hunter used a shotgun loaded with birdshot to kill the wolf. Killing a wolf to protect yourself, livestock, or pets is permissible by law. Therefore, the hunter will not be cited.
Immediately after the incident happened, the hunter called the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to report it. According to the Star Tribune, there were only 12 wolves killed by livestock or pet owners in the past year, making this a pretty rare occurrence.