It’s thought that the breed evolved 1 million years back in Eurasia and that the wolves then made their way over to the United States approximately 750,000 years ago. Timber wolves can grow to quite a size, too: adults can reach up to 5.25 feet in length and weigh in at almost 80 pounds.
The timber wolf has an incredibly thick protective coat, and its paws are also specially designed to deal with cold climates such as that of Wisconsin. These animals therefore boast extra fur in between their toes, while their paws are supersized, too, with elongated claws perfect for high-speed running.
And so the beautiful creature that had his paw trapped must have been pretty worried about the prospect of losing it, given just how important these specially adapted body parts are to his survival. Luckily, however, John Oens had in fact turned up to try and set the wolf free from the trap. Why? Because the wolf had wandered into the trap by accident.