INSIDE EDITION EXCLUSIVE:
THE HERO DAD WHO SAVED HIS FAMILY FROM A WOLF ATTACK RECALLS THE “NIGHTMARE” INCIDENT
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Monday, August 19th
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New York, NY — August 19th, 2019 – In an exclusive airing on Monday, INSIDE EDITION speaks with Matt Rispoli, a New Jersey police officer who was camping with his wife Eliza and their two boys in Canada’s Banff National Park when a wolf attacked them.
Rispoli tells INSIDE EDITION that the family was fast asleep when their entire tent began shaking. He says he initially thought it was a bear. “I yelled, ‘Get back.’ I tried to hit it, basically push back,” he says. “When my hand hit the tent something snapped down on my hand.”
Rispoli goes on to describe how the tent then ripped apart and they came face-to-face with a wolf. “I could see the whole outline of its face. It was maybe three to four feet in front of me, staring right at me,” he recalls.
Eliza grabbed their two boys and lay on top of them while Rispoli battled the beast. “It bit down, basically grabbing my entire arm,” he tells INSIDE EDITION. “I tried punching it twice with my left hand, and I was trying to hit it closer to the neck. It felt completely useless.”
The wolf then dragged Rispoli out of the tent. His wife tells INSIDE EDITION, “I grabbed his ankle or his calf and felt him get pulled. I was just holding on for dear life.”
Another camper, Russ Fee, heard the family’s screams and ran over to help. “We hit it a few times and it didn’t really care. It was pretty large, it’d be hard to do damage to it,” Fee says. The wolf eventually let go, and the two two tried to keep it at bay while Eliza and they boys ran to the car for safety.
Eliza says, “It feels like it was a nightmare. It didn’t feel real.”
Rispoli adds, “We kept saying that over and over again. Like, ‘Is this really happening?’”
The family is back home in New Jersey and grateful that Rispoli’s cuts and bruises are starting to heal.
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