03/21/2013 11:27 EDT | Updated 05/21/2013 05:12 EDT

Details of wolf attack on Manitoba woman being called into question

The bizarre account of a wolf attack on a woman along a lonely stretch of a northern Manitoba highway is being questioned by some wildlife experts.

Dawn Hepp told news media this week that a wolf clamped its jaws around her neck after she stopped to help another motorist on Highway 6 on March 8.

Hepp said the wolf let go and she managed to get back to her vehicle and go for medical help

Ken Rebizant with Manitoba Conservation says wolves tend to avoid people, and the department is asking experts outside the province what they make of the story.

Paul Paquet, a University of Calgary biology professor and author of a best-selling book on wolves, says something happened but he has doubts about the details of the attack.

Hepp could not be reached Wednesday for comment on the skepticism. (Winnipeg Free Press)