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Toronto singer killed by coyotes
The Star ^ | 10/28/09

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.


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1 posted on 10/28/2009 12:33:10 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

According to Wiki this is the first recorded incident of an adult being killed by coyotes.


2 posted on 10/28/2009 12:34:50 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges
Coyotes?!?!? I thought they were shy, harmless creatures who would eat your house pets but didn't attack humans.

Anybody here know about this stuff? They're getting to be more present EVERYWHERE in the US. I want to know if I need to go about armed to keep the little buggers off of me, much as I hate to think I have to worry about it.

3 posted on 10/28/2009 12:36:44 PM PDT by Hardastarboard (Maureen Dowd is right. I DON'T like our President's color. He's a Red.)
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To: Borges

Just damn...


4 posted on 10/28/2009 12:36:55 PM PDT by Roger_Wildcat
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To: Borges

Been there. Remote doesn’t start to describe it.


5 posted on 10/28/2009 12:37:23 PM PDT by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: Hardastarboard

They will also attack small children. I cannot recall hearing about an attack on an adult like this one. Scary.


6 posted on 10/28/2009 12:38:04 PM PDT by mouse_35
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To: Borges

poor kid


7 posted on 10/28/2009 12:38:20 PM PDT by Charlespg (The Mainstream media is the enemy of democracy destroy the mainstream media)
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To: Borges
Very sad.

The folks who want wolves to roam free across the landscape should re-think their position. Wolves are a much bigger threat than coyotes, and coyotes are obviously dangerous.

8 posted on 10/28/2009 12:38:49 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Play the Race Card -- lose the game.)
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To: Borges

Annie bring your gun.


9 posted on 10/28/2009 12:39:00 PM PDT by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: Hardastarboard

If there are several of them they are quite brave. In some parts of the US when they are getting plenty of food they are very large.

Here in S California where I live they are smaller.


10 posted on 10/28/2009 12:39:06 PM PDT by Howie
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To: Borges

I wonder why the other hiker wasn’t a little more pro active. Two adults vs two coyotes seems like a mismatch.


11 posted on 10/28/2009 12:39:30 PM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: Borges

That is really bizarre. People can lose even big dogs to packs of coyotes, but give me a baseball bat and I can vanquish legions of coyotes. I’ve heard of coyotes attacking humans before, but never more than one quick nipping bite before the coyote skeedaddles.


12 posted on 10/28/2009 12:39:55 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: Borges; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows

tough crowd.


13 posted on 10/28/2009 12:40:00 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (I refuse to "reduce my carbon footprint" all the while Lenin remains in an airconditioned shrine)
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To: Borges
First, I doubt it. 2nd...It says ADULT...not human being...Half a lie is better?? Conservationist will blame it on her...like saying she was near where they had their babies....blah, blah, blah.

Now tell me they were reintroduced into this park...so I can really boil.

14 posted on 10/28/2009 12:41:07 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Borges

Umm, I may be dumb, but couldn’t you fight them off with a walking stick or a nine iron? I guess she didn’t have either at hand.


15 posted on 10/28/2009 12:41:41 PM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (How do I change my screen name now that we have the most conservative government in the world?)
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To: Hardastarboard
The Eastern Coyote is an entirely different animal from the western coyote.

The Western Coyote is a small critter and lives a solitary lifestyle.

The Eastern Coyote is actually believed to be a hybrid between the western coyote and the eastern timber wolf. It gets larger and can form form packs. Its dangerous - obviously. People who hike or travel in areas where dangerous animals are found, should be allowed to be armed, or should be accompanied by another individual who is capable of handling a weapon.

This is really a horrible tragedy which lever should have happened.

16 posted on 10/28/2009 12:42:21 PM PDT by ZULU (God guts and guns made America great. Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam.)
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To: Borges
Another hiker, who was walking nearby, heard her cries for help and called 911.

I'd like to think this other hiker rendered immediate assistance and administered first aid to stem the bleeding and try and save her life but there's no mention of this happening in the story.

17 posted on 10/28/2009 12:42:56 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: Borges
A lovely young woman whose future has been lost. How sad.

Whenever I go for a walk in the woods I carry at least a 357 magnum revolver, sometimes a 44 Rem Mag revolver. You never know what or who you might run into. Unfortunately in Canada, self defense with a firearm is not allowed and so this young lady had no such option.

18 posted on 10/28/2009 12:43:00 PM PDT by Robert357 (D.Rather "Hoist with his own petard!" www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1223916/posts)
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To: Borges

“According to Wiki this is the first recorded incident of an adult being killed by coyotes.”

Agree. This story is bull not coyote.


19 posted on 10/28/2009 12:43:16 PM PDT by snoringbear (Government is the Pimp,)
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To: Hardastarboard

I wouldn’t say coyotes are shy and harmless so much as cowardly and preferring to avoid direct confrontation on even terms. But the instant they think they have the upper hand everything is just meat they haven’t eaten yet.


20 posted on 10/28/2009 12:43:17 PM PDT by discostu (The Bluebird of Happiness long absent from his life, Ned is visited by the Chicken of Depression)
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To: Borges

I have a tough time believing it was a coyote, but I guess stranger things have happened.


21 posted on 10/28/2009 12:44:13 PM PDT by Catholic Canadian ( I love Stephen Harper!)
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To: Borges; Clive; exg; kanawa; backhoe; -YYZ-; Squawk 8888; headsonpikes; AntiKev; Snowyman; ...

22 posted on 10/28/2009 12:44:42 PM PDT by fanfan (Why did they bury Barry's past?)
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To: Borges

Never ski and never hike by yourself...


23 posted on 10/28/2009 12:45:47 PM PDT by classified
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To: Borges
According to Wiki this is the first recorded incident of an adult being killed by coyotes.

That is a myth . Deaths from canids were always reported as from wolves or domestic dogs , if the person survived it was reported as a coyote . Same wildlife resources logic that defines alfalfa as non-food to deer , because the amount they consume so much it would deplete the depredation account if farmers were paid for it .

24 posted on 10/28/2009 12:46:39 PM PDT by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it freedom has a flavor the protected will never know F/8 Cav)
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To: Borges
I often hear a pack of coyotes running deer through my woods at night - been here ‘in the woods’ 20 yrs and in them all the time - never seen one except up further north, now and again, trotting along the highway.

Our coyotes back east are also called ‘brush wolves’ - and are more wolf size than the western coyote. They are VERY shy of humans and you will seldom see them in the wild.

Since they did not get one of these animals to examine, I wonder if they might have been wild dogs - which are known to be vicious and do often attack humans.

25 posted on 10/28/2009 12:48:05 PM PDT by maine-iac7 ("He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help" LINCOLN)
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To: Former Proud Canadian

I went after a group of them up in Oregon (with a club) and tried to chase them away from the Canadian Honkers they were stalking.They would move just enough that I couldn’t get a swing at them, The geese would watch them and just make a short flight of a few feet to get out of their reach.

I finally just left and had to back away as they followed me.

If I had fallen I am sure they would have been all over me in a second.


26 posted on 10/28/2009 12:48:08 PM PDT by Howie
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To: Howie

Coyotes by their nature are small, solitary animals. When I hear stories of: (a) bigger coyotes, and (b) coyotes in packs, I immediately suspect that the animals in questions are pure coyotes but coyotes that have interbred with wolves. These are more common in the Northeast.


27 posted on 10/28/2009 12:48:25 PM PDT by Alberta's Child (God is great, beer is good . . . and people are crazy.)
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To: Borges; All

http://www.myspace.com/taylormitchellband


28 posted on 10/28/2009 12:48:54 PM PDT by Charlespg (The Mainstream media is the enemy of democracy destroy the mainstream media)
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To: Borges

I’ve been following coyote stories for years, and I have read of a few that have attacked children, or that bit an adult that was walking a small dog, but I have not ever read of an adult that was killed. Coyotes should all be killed, as far as I am concerned. I think they are a fringe predator that has grown exponentially due to the absence of wolves and cougars in their former territories.


29 posted on 10/28/2009 12:50:40 PM PDT by Defiant (The absence of bias appears to be bias to those who are biased.)
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To: Borges
Unless you're a roadrunner, you have no chance.


30 posted on 10/28/2009 12:51:01 PM PDT by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: Borges
hmmm - she was attacked Tuesday afternoon and died the following day because she had lost too much blood?

She was in the hospital all that time and then died from blood loss?

31 posted on 10/28/2009 12:51:44 PM PDT by maine-iac7 ("He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help" LINCOLN)
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To: Alberta's Child
Coyotes by their nature are small, solitary animals.

Not in my experience. They hunt together to take down large dogs, and two or three at a time have attacked in our yard in broad daylight to get at the chickens. When they catch something, you can hear the howling of 5-10 of them, calling to the others to come join in the feast.

32 posted on 10/28/2009 12:53:56 PM PDT by Defiant (The absence of bias appears to be bias to those who are biased.)
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To: Borges

I wonder if she tried to scratch their ears.


33 posted on 10/28/2009 12:54:09 PM PDT by GingisK
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To: Borges

Never go into the woods unarmed where there may be animals that can eat you. If it means breakingt the law, so be it. Of course, in Canada, just procuring a firearm to defend yourself with is a whole other thing.


34 posted on 10/28/2009 12:55:26 PM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: Borges

Coyotes are Highly adaptable Opportunists.

If you act like Prey their Instincts take over.

She should have been carrying, That way You are the Predator.


35 posted on 10/28/2009 12:55:55 PM PDT by SwedeBoy2
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To: Borges

This is sad. A promising young talent. Rest in peace Taylor Mitchell.


36 posted on 10/28/2009 12:56:22 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Borges

Wow, that is so sad Cape Breton was the most beautiful place I have ever been on earth. May the Lord have mercy on her, how terrible.


37 posted on 10/28/2009 12:56:40 PM PDT by Scythian
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To: maine-iac7

Canadian Deathcare.


38 posted on 10/28/2009 12:57:11 PM PDT by SwedeBoy2
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To: Borges; happydogx2; SouthTexas; Grampa Dave

Yikes!!!


39 posted on 10/28/2009 12:57:29 PM PDT by tubebender (Santa Claus is always jolly cause he knows where all the bad girls live...)
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To: Borges
were these coyotes starving and desperate?

not to be morbid, but how good is a coyotes sense of smell? if it was this girl's 'time of the month' might they have smelled it and attacked thinking she was wounded?

i have heard similar stories but thought they were pure urban legend.

40 posted on 10/28/2009 12:58:58 PM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: maine-iac7

Canadian medicine!


41 posted on 10/28/2009 12:59:19 PM PDT by mdmathis6
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To: ZULU

Here is a good site on coyotes.

http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?a=2723&q=325992&depNav_GID=1655

Western Coyotes are definitely smaller than 45lb. We have them around our house all the time.


42 posted on 10/28/2009 1:00:10 PM PDT by super7man
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To: GOP Poet

“Annie bring your gun”.

I think self-defense is illegal in Canada.


43 posted on 10/28/2009 1:00:32 PM PDT by alarm rider (The left always tell you who they fear the most. What are they telling you now?)
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To: Drew68

Considering it was the 911 responders who scattered the coyotes and not the other hiker, it seems the other hiker didn’t do anything to help while the coyotes had at her. If she picked up a big stick and went after them, the coyotes would have run away. They are cowards. Too bad.


44 posted on 10/28/2009 1:01:06 PM PDT by Defiant (The absence of bias appears to be bias to those who are biased.)
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To: Borges

As long as people traveled the wild areas armed the predators had a fear of man, that isn’t the case now. Humans, unarmed, are easy prey.


45 posted on 10/28/2009 1:01:18 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: SwedeBoy2
She should have been carrying,

Can't 'carry' in Canada - open or otherwise.

don't know if pepper spray is also outlawed - but I'd want that with me...actually, a tazer too = more against two-leggeds, but whatever decides to violate my territorial imperitive

46 posted on 10/28/2009 1:02:50 PM PDT by maine-iac7 ("He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help" LINCOLN)
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To: Scythian
You might like this.
47 posted on 10/28/2009 1:04:31 PM PDT by Defiant (The absence of bias appears to be bias to those who are biased.)
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To: maine-iac7

>>>hmmm - she was attacked Tuesday afternoon and died the following day because she had lost too much blood?
She was in the hospital all that time and then died from blood loss?<<<

Um, this was a CANADIAN, SOCIALIZED MEDICINE hospital. What did you expect, first rate or even competent care? They probably had her on a waiting list while she bled to death.


48 posted on 10/28/2009 1:04:47 PM PDT by Above My Pay Grade
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To: Hardastarboard
Coyotes generally avoid humans but they will attack if provoked or cornered or in defence of their young.
49 posted on 10/28/2009 1:05:05 PM PDT by Clive
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To: Howie
If there are several of them they are quite brave. In some parts of the US when they are getting plenty of food they are very large.

The coyotes I used to see in Apache Junction, AZ we quite large and fluffy like dogs. They got a lot of free food from garbage cans and were prosperous.

The coyotes I used to see out the Gila River Indian Reservation were scrawny things.

50 posted on 10/28/2009 1:05:14 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (A trade: Conservative Anglicans for Liberal Catholics and a heretic to be named later.)
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