Skip to comments.Toronto singer killed by coyotes
Posted on 10/28/2009 12:33:10 PM PDT by Borges
Taylor Mitchell, a 19-year-old Toronto singer whose debut album was released in March, has died in a Nova Scotia hospital after being mauled by coyotes in a Cape Breton park.
Mitchell was hiking Tuesday on the Skyline Trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park when she was attacked by two coyotes. Another hiker, who was walking nearby, heard her cries for help and called 911.
Officers arrived about 3:15 p.m., and one of the coyotes fled into the bush. The other coyote was shot and limped away.
Mitchell was airlifted to a hospital in Halifax, where she died early Wednesday.
"I spoke to her mother late last night and at one point we thought, she was stable," said manager Lisa Weitz, "but she had lost too much blood."
The singer and songwriter, who loved the outdoors, had started her East Coast tour on Oct. 23 in New Brunswick and was scheduled to perform in Sydney tonight. "She had a small break and (she) wanted to go hiking," said Weitz.
Mitchell, whose MySpace photograph has her standing in the woods with a guitar in one hand, released her debut album this March.
A website review describes her album as "a collection of mostly original songs that showcases a range of styles, from folk to country-rock to pop."
Born and raised in Toronto, Mitchell studied music from an early age and graduated in 2008 from Etobicoke School of the Arts.
She was very excited to be touring the Maritimes, said Weitz. "She was just exhilarated to be on the road and performing."
Friends and family are in shock, said Weitz.
In Nova Scotia, Don Anderson, a biologist with that province's Natural Resources Department, said coyote attacks in the area are uncommon, but they do happen from time to time.
An Ontario girl was bitten on the same trail several years ago, Anderson said.
Ethel Merry, owner of the nearby Cheticamp Motel, said the incident was unfortunate but she wasn't surprised to hear about it. She said the motel is about 10 kilometres from the entrance of the park but she often sees coyotes.
"My home is a 100 feet from (the motel) but if it's dark outside, I don't walk alone," she said. "I've seen too many coyotes."
Merry said the attack hasn't fazed locals or park visitors. "Skyline Trail is one of the most beautiful and famous trails in the park. This isn't stopping any hikers," she said.
The park is on the northern tip of Cape Breton Island.
Even a walking stick would help! Mine has a pointed end.
It looks really beautiful on google earth.
I live in Cape Breton. Don’t have time to read the entire thread now but will do so later.
Coyotes are very large here and there ARE wolves. We have heard a wolf howling at night - no confusing it with coyotes. We’ve often said we think they’ve cross-bred.
The coyotes also bold here. A guy who was walking his medium sized dog on a leash along a country road just outside of our village in broad daylight. Coyote charged out of the woods and grabbed the pet by the neck and was gone before the man could even react, leash and all.
Saw a pack feasting on a deer they had run out onto the lake ice last winter in sight of our picture window that looks out over the Bras d’Or Lake. There were as many as five there at one time. Broad daylight. They also go after farm animals here, especially sheep and fowl.
DNR does not have a bounty on them but you can kill them - even hunt them if you want - unofficially. They are getting too numerous lately probably because of the mild winter temperatures which have allowed an increase in the number of deer, rabbit, grouse and other prey.
Originally they were brought in deliberately by DNR because the deer were too numerous and were eating trees planted for reforestation after logging. I am sure it was done to please STORA which was bought out by NEW PAGE recently - pulp mill here. They own lots of woodlands and have a lease on mucho provincial land for logging, including the Highlands I am told.
There are predators here for the coyote - black bears and cougars. Had a cougar in our yard and woods one night in September - a female yowling for a mate. Hope she got herself a few coyotes for breakfast but one cougar won’t help keep the coyote numbers down much as their territories can be up to 200 square miles.
Don’t ask if we go for a walk with our dogs on a trail or in the woods unarmed and I won’t have to answer you. I’ll just say that what happened to this young woman would not happen to us.
I hope the DNR gives serious consideration to allowing coyotes to be hunted officially and/or they put a bounty on them due to this girl’s death. Gives them a good reason to go against the greenies (Elizabeth F’ing May), but they probably won’t.
Pretty girl. We cannot underestimate the contributing role here of third rate Canadian medical services in her death.
There is absolutely no excuse why she was allowed to bleed to death one day after admission to a socialized medicine pathetic excuse for a hospital. Total bad medical care.
I live in the high-desert area of Central Oregon and I can assure you that they do “pack-up” and the one’s around here are about the size of a medium-sized German Shepherd.
I hear ‘em most every night and catch glimpses of them a couple of times a year during the day. The problem here w/solitary hikers/bikers/climbers is Mountain Lions, not coyotes.
Wolves are even more dangerous. Its nuts to walk in the woods alone without a gun. The fact that a 911 cellphone call even worked means it wasn’t in the deep remote.
“The Western Coyote is a small critter and lives a solitary lifestyle.”
You’ve been misinformed, all coyotes run in packs. Evenings and mornings you can hear a chorus of them near my house. Most that I have seen are about the size of a medium shepard.
I do agree that I would be much more concerned about cougars than coyotes, or even wolves for that matter.
My feelings about wolves are conflicted. I actually like them, but I realize that they have a proper place and that proper place is not in densely populated areas or in areas where they pose a significant threat to livestock. Like all predators, they are highly intelligent, learn from experience, and allowing hunting of them, by those so inclined to do so, habituates them to the idea that humans are to be avoided and are not a potential food source.
Personally, I would only kill one in self defense, to protect my animals, or to protect another person. They are too much like dogs, which I really love.
Hating an animal that is just doing what it is designed to do is unfair and stupid. Rather hate the kind of fawning pandering politicians who oppose carrying firearms for self defense or oppose hunting, and the morons with a Disneyesque view of animals as large warm and cuddly stuffed animals that can talk.
Or Canadian firearms laws. Private ownership of handguns there is impossible. If that somebody who heard her screaming had picked up a gun instead of a handphone, she might be still alive.
If that person was a guy, he should have picked up some rocks and sticks or even used his bare hands and saved the 9-11 call for later. That might have saved her.
Where we live, coyotes are seldom seen during the day except for a sighting of what appears to be a underfed/mangy Willie Coyote gene pool. Night time is a different situation.
Less than a half mile away, we have a couple of packs of aggresive coyotes. They like to lure unleashed dogs over various stone walls or into small arroyos and then attack as a pack. There is a strict lease law in this area to protect livestock from feral dogs and “my dog won’t bite you, your dog or your sheep” vicious dogs.
So in the past few years when it is dark early like now, when I take the garbage haulers out to the curb, I turn on the outside lights to drive any legged critters away. Most of the neighbors do the same. One opens his garage doors and turns on a very loud ghetto buster tuned to a hard rock station to clear out the critters.
Another neighbor takes his huge Great Dane out with him to roll the cans to the curb. One night his Great Dane took off after a group coyotes. A couple of minutes later she ran back up the trail with a female doe chasing her.
No, if you search there is at least three or four stories on the net. I had to search a while back to argue with my local warden about the coyotepack all over my yard.
There is a great bear sign about pepper spray and bells.
Never be a Wikipedophile!
LoL - yes, I remember that one -
I haven't seen them on my own property, but they are around. I saw one in Ann Arbor city limits.
Maybe I should have said,”they will continue their attempts to get the geese.” Obviously geese have been coexisting with all kinds of predators forever. It is possible that a goose might flog the bejezus out of a coyote also and get away.