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Matthew and Elisa Rispoli, from New Jersey, slept with their children when a fierce wolf landed on their tent last Thursday in Banff National Park, Canada

Hero father tells how a wolf tore his way in his family's tent and tried to drag him to the forest while jumping for his young family to save them in the Canadian Rockies

  • Matthew and Elisa Rispoli camped Thursday in the Canadian Rockies
  • A wolf dragged Mr. Rispoli out of his tent while protecting his wife and children
  • Russ Fee heard their screams and sprinted at the massive animal
  • Mr. Fee and the Rispolis then ran to his minibus and the authorities arrived
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A heroic father fell for his young family when a ferocious wolf tore their tent apart in the Canadian Rockies.

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Matthew and Elisa Rispoli, from New Jersey, slept with their children when a fierce wolf landed on their tent in Banff National Park last Thursday.

Mrs. Rispoli described how her husband threw his body for her and their sons, pushed the wild animal down and opened his jaws with his hands.

& # 39; The wolf started dragging Matt away, & # 39; Mrs. Rispoli wrote on Facebook, & # 39; I pulled his legs and tried to get him back. & # 39;

Matthew and Elisa Rispoli, from New Jersey, slept with their children when a fierce wolf landed on their tent last Thursday in Banff National Park, Canada

Matthew and Elisa Rispoli, from New Jersey, slept with their children when a fierce wolf landed on their tent last Thursday in Banff National Park, Canada

Russ Fee, who was at a nearby campsite, heard the couple scream and rushed to him with a lantern in his hand
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Russ Fee, who was at a nearby campsite, heard the couple scream and rushed to him with a lantern in his hand

Russ Fee, who was at a nearby campsite, heard the couple scream and rushed to him with a lantern in his hand

Russ Fee, who was at a nearby campsite, heard the couple scream and rushed to him with a lantern in his hand.

& # 39; A guardian angel from the tent place next to us, which we later discovered, was called Russ, heard our screams and came to our site and kicked the Wolf and it finally let go of Matt. & # 39; Mrs. Rispoli wrote.

Mr. Fee, from Calgary, saw the massive wolf drag Mr. Rispoli by the arm out of the tent, while Mrs. Rispoli clung desperately to his legs.

Parks Canada confirmed that the wolf was killed after being traced (stock image)
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Parks Canada confirmed that the wolf was killed after being traced (stock image)

Parks Canada confirmed that the wolf was killed after being traced (stock image)

Mr. Fee said CBC: & # 39; At the time I had a good walk, the kind in the back hip. & # 39;

The animal released Mr. Rispoli, but held out.

& # 39; I felt that I had hit someone far beyond my weight class, & # 39; Mr. Fee said to the broadcaster.

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Mr Rispoli, who was covered with blood, then joined his rescuer in throwing stones at the wolf, while the Rispoli family rushed to Mr. Fee's minibus.

The American family could later come to the Banff Hospital where Rispoli was treated for puncture wounds and cuts in his arm.

Mrs. Rispoli wrote: & # 39; It could have been so much worse, and we are just so grateful that we are all still sitting here as a complete family. Matt is our absolute hero (I mean, much more than he used to be) and we are forever grateful to Russ who came to our rescue and probably saved Matt's life.

& # 39; I love you Matthew – thank you for being our hero, a complete bastard and for fighting with everything in you. & # 39;

Parks Canada has tracked down the wolf, identified it on the basis of its DNA on Mr Rispoli and killed it.

Banff National Park is famous for its glacier lakes, hiking, mountain biking and skiing. It is popular with tourists all year round
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Banff National Park is famous for its glacier lakes, hiking, mountain biking and skiing. It is popular with tourists all year round

Banff National Park is famous for its glacier lakes, hiking, mountain biking and skiing. It is popular with tourists all year round

A spokesperson said Tuesday: & # 39; Veterinary tests have confirmed that the wolf was in poor condition and probably approaching the end of its natural life …

& # 39; The condition of the wolf was probably a contributing factor for his unusual behavior and this remains a very rare incident.

Rampart Creek Campground, where the Rispolis was staying, has been reopened.

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