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China police track and kill wolf after fatal attacks on humans

Police in eastern China shot dead a gray wolf on Monday after seven people in Tengzhou were attacked in the space of six days, leaving two dead including a 62-year-old woman.

The police found the wolf in a wheat field and shot it in the leg, then chased the injured animal over 12 miles before killing it, China Daily reported.

However, police remain unsure that the dead wolf is the same beast that attacked the local residents, according to the Shanghaiist blog.

Wolf attacks on humans are extremely rare. Msnbc.com reported in 2010 that there had been just two documented cases of wild wolves killing people in North America, which is home to an estimated 60,000 to 70,000 wolves.