An Oshkosh zoo followed protocol when it euthanized a male
wolf after the animal bit a child late last week, according
to a city official.
"nipped" a child last Friday when the child
entered a non-public area of the Menominee Park Zoo and put
his or her fingers through a fence, Ray Maurer, the city's
parks director, told Oshkosh Northwestern Media (http://oshko.sh/1Ey41vX
). He declined to disclose the child's age or gender, citing
federal privacy laws.
was taken to a local hospital, where he or she received
treatment for minor finger injuries.
child's parents declined to get rabies shots for their
child, the Division of Public Health mandated authorities
kill the wolf so rabies testing could be conducted, Maurer
said. A brain sample then was sent to Madison for a rabies
test, which came back negative.
anti-rabies prophylaxis to a person who has been bitten by a
wild animal or euthanizing the animal generally are the only
options in such cases, according to Anne Boyce,
environmental health supervisor for the Winnebago County
decision to euthanize the wolf has upset some of the
Menominee Park Zoo's loyal visitors, including Ronya Dehn of
Oshkosh, who has donated money to its wolf exhibit.
purposely donate for these wolves, and to me, it's like
taking my donation and throwing it away," Dehn said.
"I felt like my donations went to waste through human
error. Everybody makes mistakes, but this was (a lack of)
investigation into the incident and the events leading up to
it is ongoing, and it's too soon to tell if it will result
in any repercussions or disciplinary action, Maurer said.
that died, Rebel, was one of four 12-year-old siblings the
zoo received last fall, Maurer said. It's unlikely that city
leaders will replace Rebel, because another wolf wouldn't be
accepted into the pack, he said.