A wolf bites a woman in the parking lot of a Swampscott restaurant


A similar attack occurred nearby in June.

Multiple wolf attacks have been reported in the Boston area recently. Damien Devarganis / AP Photo

For the second time in the past few weeks, someone reported being bitten by a wolf in Swampscott.

WCVB reports that the latest accident occurred Saturday night in the Bertucci parking lot on Paradise Road. The woman who was bitten, Kathy Ellis, was visiting from Texas when the attack occurred.

But at first, Ellis didn’t think she was under attack. When she left the restaurant with her sister, Ellis remembered putting her leftovers on top of the car and sitting in the driver’s seat when she felt a strong shock to her leg, according to WCVB. At first she thought it was a puppy or a dog, but soon realized that the animal next to her was a wolf.

Ellis threw a can of soda at the animal, allowing her time to close the car door. While driving, Ellis told her sister that her leg hurt, but she wasn’t too worried because her pants didn’t rip, she told WCVB. She later found blood on her leg.

After learning that another person was bitten by a wolf in the same area recently, she reported the incident and sought medical attention, according to CBS. No changes to her condition have been reported since then.

The area where Ellis and her sister encountered a wolf is a busy mall, but that hasn’t stopped the intrepid animals before. In early June, John Malvarante told NBC 10 that he had stopped at a shopping plaza near Bertucci when he was attacked. Malafronte used a pole to push the animal away, but it was still bitten in the leg.

Also in June, Arlington police were forced to kill a wolf when it was repeatedly seen near Bishop Elementary School, according to WCVB. Last year, three children were bitten by coyotes in Arlington in three separate incidents. The attacks took place near where officers found the wolf last month.

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