The report was published in the National Post newspaper and was met with skepticism by biologists. The woman, Dawn Hepp, stopped to help a stranded motorist on Highway 6 on March 8, 2013 along a lonely stretch of road near Grand Rapids. As she got out of her car, she saw a timber wolf (Canis lupus occidentalis) but thought nothing of it.
Hepp turned to speak to the motorist when the wolf came from nowhere. Its jaws attached to her neck but fortunately for Hepp, her coat kept the creature from getting a good grip. When the wolf loosened its grip to reattach and she turned and stared the creature in its eyes.
Dawn Hepp shows the wounds she says a wolf inflicted after she stopped to help a motorist on Highway 6 on March 8. (PHOTO COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL POST)
“As I turned my back, all of a sudden this wolf jumped me and all I could feel was fur on my face and jaws around my neck…” Hepp told the National Post.
Hepp described the wolf as weighing two hundred pounds and towering over six feet tall when standing on its hind legs. The most interesting part of Hepp’s description comes next.
Staring death in the face, Hepp recalled starring into the wolf’s eyes – green eyes.
According to Hepp, she walked calmly back to her truck while the wolf trailed her; watching her but attempting no further attack.
It’s estimated that there are around four thousand wolves in Manitoba but this was the first attack on humans in a number of years. Normally, wolves prefer to avoid humans and are more likely to run away from a person than approach one. However, there are a handful of documented wolf attacks across Canada in the last two decades involving a creature which was sick, injured or protecting its food. Of those attacks, only two people were bitten and no one was killed.
The first curious fact about Hepp’s description of the attack is the wolf’s eye color. Wolves, as a species, typically have yellowish-brown or grayish-blue eyes – wolves do not have green eyes.
Curiously, Hepp was able to gauge the height of the wolf because it stood on its hind legs which is an uncommon reaction for a wolf. Predators typically protect their vulnerable stomach areas from exposure. So what would cause a wolf to take to its hind legs in a bipedal manner – almost as if it had not become completely comfortable maneuvering on all fours?
Finally, having attacked assumingly with the intent to kill, the wolf unexpectedly withdrew its attack and trailed the victim with no further attempt to finish the job. Almost as if the
marking biting was the intent of the attack; not killing and carrying off its prey for food.
Do these facts strongly lead one to conclude this was no mere wolf attack but perhaps an attack by a werewolf? Apart from the creature’s strange behavior and eye color, the other oddity is the lack of any comment by the unknown motorist, whom Hepp stopped to assist in the first place. Was this other motorist accompanying the werewolf or perhaps acting as bait along that lonely stretch of road? Could this have been some kind of test for a young werewolf who wasn’t yet ready to surrender control of its human side preventing it from killing Hepp?
These questions may never be answered but raise the possibility there may be a werewolf pack roaming the Manitoba area of Canada. So be safe and keep a lookout for green-eyed wolves. If you do happen to encounter a stranded motorist on that lonely stretch of road – think about calling AAA instead of getting out of your vehicle.