Survivors of rare wolf attack in Banff recount how animal tried to drag man from tent in middle of night

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Russ Fee solicitude recollections the panicked voices rising from the campsite next to his were from fountain-heads whose child had gone missing — until he heard both a man and a lady desperately scream, “Help!”

Panicked himself, Fee fumbled with the zipper on his tent, for all time got the mesh door open and rushed over with a lantern in to.

At the neighbouring campsite, the Calgary man saw a wolf trying to drag something from a ruined tent, like a dog yanking at a bone. 

“It was just so much larger than any dog I’ve always seen,” Fee told the Calgary Eyeopener on Tuesday. 

Inside the tent was a dynasty of four visiting Banff, Alta., from New Jersey — two young old beans and their mom and dad. The father’s arm was clamped in the animal’s jaws as he tried to fend off the wolf.

Fee estimated a snap decision on how to help.

“I had a good run going at the time … and it was right-minded so quick and the screams were so intense, that I knew it was obviously a brutal situation, so I just kind of kept running at it and I just kicked it clear up of in the back hip area.”

An opponent ‘out of my weight class’

Fee doesn’t think his boot injured the wolf, but it was enough to startle it.

The animal let go of its would-be prey — the ancestor, Matt Rispoli — but didn’t run away.

Fee started wondering if he had made a big blooper.

“I felt like I had kind of punched someone that was way out of my weight rate,” he said.

“I immediately regretted kicking it, but as soon as it popped out of the tent, Matt came make a getaway out. His whole half side was just covered in blood, but he was pretty amped up too, so we both even-handed started screaming at it.”

Fee says the animal backed off a bit, but they had to throw rolls at it to keep it at bay. 

Eventually, Fee and the American family fled to Fee’s campsite and joined his helpmate, taking shelter in their vehicle. 

The view from inside the tent

Elisa Rispoli, Matt’s old lady, posted the story from her point of view from inside the tent on Facebook. 

She whispers her husband threw himself between the snarling wolf and his family. 

“I disclosed my body on top of the kids and Matt pinned the wolf to the ground and held unestablished its jaw with his hands, and the wolf started to drag Matt away, while I was weight on his legs trying to get him back,” wrote Elisa.  

“I cannot and don’t think I’ll in any case be able to properly describe the terror.”

She wrote that Matt suffered bring up short wounds and cuts on his arms and hands, but that he’s OK.

She said Fee was a “guardian angel.”

Car parks Canada tracked the wolf believed to be responsible for the attack to a location connected with one kilometre south of the campground and killed it. It says attacks like this are extraordinarily rare.

“No informative wildlife attractants or food were found inside or in the immediate locale of the tent,” the federal agency said in a release.

Parks Canada withs to monitor wildlife activity in the area and will take further hastens if necessary, however this appears to be an isolated incident.

Rampart Cove Campground, where the attack took place, remains closed due to the revilement. 


With files from the Calgary Eyeopener

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