FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - A wolf biologist from Fairbanks recently testified at a Canadian coroner's inquest in what has been declared the first documented fatal attack by a wild, healthy wolf or wolves in North America.
Mark McNay -- who retired from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game three months ago -- testified in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, that he was certain that wolves killed 22-year-old Kenton Carnegie.
After three days of testimony, a six-person jury agreed.
Humans have been killed by rabid and captive wolves in North America before and India.
Carnegie, an engineering student from Ontario, was found dead on November 8th, 2005, near a remote mining camp in northern Saskatchewan.
Co-workers found his mauled body -- surrounded by wolf tracks in the snow -- in the brush about a half-mile from the camp.
Four days before Carnegie's death, two men at the camp were approached by what they described as aggressive wolves. They had to use sticks to fend off the animals.
Paul Paquet of the University of Calgary -- a top Canadian wolf and bear biologist -- says the evidence pointed to a black bear, not wolves.
Paquet cites the pattern of the attack, what parts of Carnegie's body were eaten and the dragging of his body about 50 feet from the kill site.