A wolf found wandering around Duluth's Lakeside neighborhood over the weekend, with a snare around its muzzle, has been killed.
Wildlife advocates are saying the animal shouldn't have been suffering in the first place.
The Minnesota DNR says they first spotted a wolf several days ago near Tettegouche State Park.
"It was acting strange and it appeared to have something wrong with its head or mouth, they weren't sure." said Chris Balzer, area wildlife manager.
It then apparently made its way down the shore, to Duluth's Lakeside neighborhood.
Over the weekend, the DNR responded to calls of the wolf roaming around Wyoming Street and 60th Avenue East.
"It was determined it had a snare caught around its muzzle," said Balzer. "I can't say that it's never happened before but I've never heard of a wolf getting caught in a snare before so it's not a common thing."
Officials say the tool used for trapping badly injured the wolf, essentially forcing it to starve.
"It was very emaciated. It was very skinny," said Farzad Farr, the director of Wildwoods Wildlife Rehabilitation. "Obviously with the snare around it's face it couldn't eat."
The DNR and Duluth Police Department had a tough decision to make: let it be free with the possibility of harming someone or put it down.
"It's common to err on the side of public safety first. They don't have a lot of time, a lot of information and it's just the best thing," said Balzer. "And this animal, it didn't have much of a future anyway. It probably saved it from some suffering. So it was probably the best decision."
It's not the first snare victim Wildwoods Wildlife Rehabilitation has seen.
Farr said, "in general snare itself doesn't discriminate. And a lot of casualties. But we get at least a dozen animals that get caught and are brought to us."
Wildwoods is making sure a situation like this will never happen again, as stated on their Facebook page.
"We're going to try to purchase with the help of the community is a net gun," said Farr. "So basically we can just shoot a net over it and then we can safely sedate it and then see how bad it is and what can be done."
Last fall, a wolf in Superior was killed by the DNR for apparently showing no fear towards people.