For one Minnesota grouse hunter, an enjoyable afternoon in the field didn’t exactly turn out as expected.

The hunter, who remains anonymous, said the day turned south when he looked up to see his dog running full speed at him with a wolf trailing not far behind. According to state conservation officer Sam Hunter, the man raised his shotgun and killed the wolf at about eight yards, just before it reached him and his dog.

“It was a frightening experience during a grouse hunting trip that will not soon be forgotten,” Hunter told the Star Tribune.

Despite the widespread controversy over the state’s decision to host a wolf hunt this year, it is still legal to kill a wolf in defense of yourself, your pet, or livestock. Although officials from around the country—including those in Minnesota—continue to claim that wolves pose little threat to hunters or animals, this is just one wolf-related incident among many this year.

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