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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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To: Borges
More people are killed by pitbulls.
51 posted on 10/28/2009 1:07:50 PM PDT by Big Horn (Rebuild the GOP to a conservative party)
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To: SwedeBoy2
Canadian Deathcare

sounds like it to me, same thing that did Liam Neeson's wife in last winter.

Same thing coming to you/us - if the pukes in DC get their way...not only will there be shorter supplies, but by the time some committee in DC is contacted, meets and weighs your viability to continue using oxygen, it will be too late.

52 posted on 10/28/2009 1:08:12 PM PDT by maine-iac7 ("He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help" LINCOLN)
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To: All
Ye may kill for yourselves, and your mates, and your cubs as they need, and ye can;
But kill not for pleasure of killing, and seven times never kill Man!

From "The Law of rhe Jungle"
(from "The Jungle Book")
by Rudyard Kipling

53 posted on 10/28/2009 1:09:09 PM PDT by Clive
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To: mdmathis6

yep - see my post #52


54 posted on 10/28/2009 1:09:33 PM PDT by maine-iac7 ("He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help" LINCOLN)
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To: super7man

I was really upset by her picture. She looked like an angel.

Thanks for the link. And I think those eastern coyotes get well over 45 lbs too. I have heard hunters here in New Jersey talk about ones over 50 lbs. Up there in Canada, they might be even bigger and more like eastern Wolves.


55 posted on 10/28/2009 1:09:38 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; exg; Alberta's Child; albertabound; AntiKev; backhoe; Byron_the_Aussie; Cannoneer No. 4; ...

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56 posted on 10/28/2009 1:10:10 PM PDT by Clive
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To: Jeff Chandler

The coyotes I see in the desert are scrawny, too. The ones I see in inhabited areas are larger and heavier. They live off the rabbits that eat peoples shrubs, pets and food they get from the trash. They do well.


57 posted on 10/28/2009 1:11:17 PM PDT by Defiant (The absence of bias appears to be bias to those who are biased.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

I have friends over in Aguila AZ that shoot them for the hides. When there is plenty of rabbits the coyotes there get about the size of German Shepherds.

I used to hunt them here but got older and just don’t get a thrill out of killing critters anymore.

regards


58 posted on 10/28/2009 1:12:55 PM PDT by Howie
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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.

Here in NV we're starting to see what we call "wolf coyotes"--they look like wolves and are much more aggressive than their smaller shy cousins. My father-in-law has been seeing them on his property and stays well away.

59 posted on 10/28/2009 1:13:00 PM PDT by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: super7man

See:

“Although some coyotes may exhibit bold behavior near people, the risk of a coyote attacking a person is extremely low. This risk can increase if coyotes are intentionally fed and then learn to associate people with food.”

Typical Bambi Disney-think characteristic of many easterners.

All intelligent animals, and predators are generally highly intelligent, and learn from experience. If they learn that humans are safe to be around, they start to view them as a food source instead of a threat. Most animals view other creatures as either a threat, a food source, or a potential pack mate or sexual partner. That’s the way it is.

And to keep an environment safe for humans, predators like wolves, coyote-wolves bears and cougars should be regularly hunted.


60 posted on 10/28/2009 1:14:41 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

Poor thing. Prayer bump


61 posted on 10/28/2009 1:15:01 PM PDT by Tribune7 (I am Joe Wilson!)
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To: randog

Biggest one I ever saw was at Area 12 at the NTS. They’d hang out near the dumpsters at Yucca Mtn. too... usually once a year some idiot would get bit trying to feed them.


62 posted on 10/28/2009 1:15:06 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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To: Borges; george76

Very sad, a beautiful young lady.

Predators for the most part avoid humans but are unpredictable. The environuts that want to live in harmony with them, especially in populated areas are certifiably nuts.


63 posted on 10/28/2009 1:16:36 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Borges

A decent knife would have saved her.


64 posted on 10/28/2009 1:17:00 PM PDT by Soothesayer9
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To: Borges

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

Very weird.

As soon as I’ve ever gotten within visual contact with coyotes in
Oklahoma, Missouri, and even at the crest of the Santa Monicas
between Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley...
the common experience has been the following.

Coyote probably sees me first.
I finally see what I think is a dog...and then after my slow brain
finally says “hey, that’s not a dog...that’s a coyote!”...
the skitterish coyote is retreating at a fast trot to avoid contact.

Maybe those coyotes in Canada were just very hungry and felt “safety
in numbers”.


65 posted on 10/28/2009 1:17:20 PM PDT by VOA
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To: Borges

That poor girl.
Unarmed is no way to live. Not in the wilderness or anywhere else.


66 posted on 10/28/2009 1:17:40 PM PDT by TheConservativeParty ( PALIN-BACHMANN 2012 "Give Estrogen A Chance!")
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To: Borges

Coyotes routinely take down deer and stray dogs in my neighborhood but they have always steered clear of humans. At least so far...


67 posted on 10/28/2009 1:19:18 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (I am 2 days away from outliving Laura Branigan)
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To: Borges

I hate the possibility that I would ever phone in and escape without offering aid or protection. I don’t want to be that kind of person.


68 posted on 10/28/2009 1:20:02 PM PDT by jimfree (Freep and ye shall find! - I am Joe Wilson.)
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To: VOA

The EASTERN Coyote is a different animal from the solitary, human-fearing western Coyote.

The EASTERN Coyote is a BIG Animal which can get over 50 lbs and is a cross between the western coyote and the eastern Grey Wolf. Unlike the western coyote, they do hunt in packs.

They are different critters entirely. Trust me.


69 posted on 10/28/2009 1:20:52 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: randog

Last winter I was walking my female Dobie here in Palm Desert Ca about daylight when one started circling us. He had his eye on her but she just stood still and rotated as he circled. She was on a leash and her hackles were up. I had a bead between his eyes with my little .380 but knew if I pulled the trigger the cops would be there quickly. He finally slinked/slunk? away. He wasn’t very big but acted hungry.

They keep the cats thinned out here in my neighborhood. They usually leave the intestines and some times the head. They take the rest to their babies (after they wean them from milk).


70 posted on 10/28/2009 1:21:00 PM PDT by Howie
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To: Hardastarboard
Anybody here know about this stuff?

There have been attacks in Griffith Park in central Los Angeles. All they have to do is get her Achilles tendons and she's down for the kill. They do the same to dogs.

Coyotes aren't stupid. Any predator will test to see what constitutes prey. Once they learn, the game is on, so to speak. I have a little quote for your consideration from Leviticus 26:22 I will also send wild beasts among you, which shall rob you of your children, and destroy your cattle, and make you few in number; and your high ways shall be desolate.

This is no joke; it is all about our refusal to manage nature as commanded in Genesis 1:28. Of course, the Mosaic Law doesn't matter any more and only applied in Israel...

The law doesn't care whether you believe in it or not. It works the way it always has.

71 posted on 10/28/2009 1:22:12 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (Grovelnator Schwarzenkaiser, fashionable fascism one charade at a time.)
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To: ZULU

Nice analysis and I agree.

Although we have coyotes in our neighborhood every night.
We can hear them yipping, but from afar.

We also have two very large dogs and so far they all have “an understanding”. If the status quo changes in any way, I would have no problem shooting a couple of the coyotes.


72 posted on 10/28/2009 1:22:55 PM PDT by super7man
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To: Borges
I believe that is true in modern times. There were cases back in the day but not clear how sick or injured the adult was or how many coyotes there were.

Another reason to go coyote hunting this week.

73 posted on 10/28/2009 1:24:14 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Beneath this mask there is an idea, Mr. Creedy, and ideas are bulletproof. V for victory)
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To: Hardastarboard
BTW, in answer to your question, when I'm working in the woods, and if I don't have my dog with me (big bad Dutch Shepherd), it's a pain in the butt, but I carry.
74 posted on 10/28/2009 1:25:25 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (Grovelnator Schwarzenkaiser, fashionable fascism one charade at a time.)
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To: Borges
According to Wiki this is the first recorded incident of an adult being killed by coyotes.

Coyotes are now classified as dangerous as swans. /s
There is a recorded death attributed to a swan.
(Jumped on a swimmers head and drowned him.)

75 posted on 10/28/2009 1:25:37 PM PDT by Vinnie (You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Jihads You)
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To: Borges

A Dingo Took My Baby


76 posted on 10/28/2009 1:26:08 PM PDT by Pajama Blogger (Pajama Power)
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To: Jeff Chandler

77 posted on 10/28/2009 1:27:17 PM PDT by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: Alberta's Child
I see them all the time that a clearly crossed with dogs. Saw one about a month ago that I thought was a German Shepard.
78 posted on 10/28/2009 1:27:27 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Beneath this mask there is an idea, Mr. Creedy, and ideas are bulletproof. V for victory)
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To: Former Proud Canadian

“couldn’t you fight them off with a walking stick or a nine iron?”

she died like a true lib. screaming & waiting for government assistance


79 posted on 10/28/2009 1:27:37 PM PDT by chuck_the_tv_out ( <<< click my name: now featuring Freeper classifieds)
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To: Soothesayer9

I suspect that what she lacked most of all was the will to fight back and survive.

If she turned and ran, large healthy coyotes could certainly cause problems.

I’ve had the German shepard-sized ones in my backyard. I could certainly see them killing a small adult if they worked in concert and the adult wasn’t inclined or prepared to defend herself.

I’ve also seen a wolf pack hunt a cow elk. They take turns chasing, will not be distracted by other prey once they establish their target, and are relentless. I would not wish to be their target.


80 posted on 10/28/2009 1:28:18 PM PDT by 5by5
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To: maine-iac7

Canadian Social healthcare. ‘Nuf said.


81 posted on 10/28/2009 1:28:33 PM PDT by pingman (Recession be damned; I refuse to participate!)
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To: super7man
The wolves placed into Montana/Wyoming/Idaho are 120+ lbs. The wolves that were originally native to the area were between 45 and 65 lbs.
82 posted on 10/28/2009 1:30:03 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: ZULU
Don't know where the solitary thing comes from but I can assure that in Northern Nevada they live, travel and hunt in packs. I have cleaned out dens with 6 or more adults in them and a bunch of pups. Their hunting technique is interesting they will spread over a large area and then start howling to get something to move and then call each other in on the prey. Watched some do it two weeks ago - just before a 7mm, 160 grain slug ended their hunt.
83 posted on 10/28/2009 1:31:02 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Beneath this mask there is an idea, Mr. Creedy, and ideas are bulletproof. V for victory)
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To: Borges

When seconds count on a trail in a National Park, the Rangers (with the guns) are just hours away.


84 posted on 10/28/2009 1:33:29 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Howie

“In some parts of the US when they are getting plenty of food they are very large.”

I saw one in NC years ago that was so large my first thought was Wolf.


85 posted on 10/28/2009 1:35:55 PM PDT by Rebelbase (This is the time of year when ACORNS fall.)
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To: Hardastarboard

One thing we hunters have always said: coyotes, wolves, mountain lions, and other predators lose their fear of man when we stop hunting them. I have walked up on packs of coyotes in the Texas Panhandle while hunting. They knew to run away, even though I was alone. They have a healthy fear of man around the state where people hunt. In or near cities where people are not allowed to shoot, not so much. I feel for the poor girl and her family.


86 posted on 10/28/2009 1:36:30 PM PDT by TStro
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To: chuck_the_tv_out

What a callow comment.


87 posted on 10/28/2009 1:38:27 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Defiant

I agree with you. I’ve seen groups of 3 or four moving together at dawn and dusk in the thinly populated desert NW of Phoenix.


88 posted on 10/28/2009 1:40:03 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: The Comedian

thinking the same thing- wouldn’t they have done some blood transfusions if she had lost that much blood???


89 posted on 10/28/2009 1:42:22 PM PDT by gore_sux_2000
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To: Jeff Chandler

The coyotes we had in the Texas Panhanle were wolf-sized. I shot one at a dead run at 250 yards with a .308. Took three shots from my .44 mag to finish him at close range. They have a fear of man where they are hunted.


90 posted on 10/28/2009 1:43:33 PM PDT by TStro
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To: a fool in paradise

Damn, I was hoping it would be Celine Whatsername!


91 posted on 10/28/2009 1:46:58 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: ZULU

We have coyotes by my barn in Howell. The last barn I was at had a donkey who kept watch over everything. You knew something was up when he let loose with a loud hee haw. When I get my own barn I am getting a donkey & a few peacocks. We have foxes in my neighborhood. I don’t doubt coyotes will be appearing next. I keep a close eye on my little Shih tzu dogs due to the red hawks.


92 posted on 10/28/2009 1:47:10 PM PDT by pandoraou812 (Don't play leapfrog with a unicorn.....................^........................)
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To: Revolting cat!

Alan Thicke?


93 posted on 10/28/2009 1:47:24 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: 5by5
"They take turns chasing, will not be distracted by other prey once they establish their target, and are relentless. I would not wish to be their target"

Sounds like Zer0 and the Chicago mob in DC.

94 posted on 10/28/2009 1:48:51 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: mad_as_he$$

Everything I ever read about them indicated western coyotes were small and solitary.

But I guess there are differences in bahaviors between different populations. The more intelligent an animal is, the harder to predict the behavior.

Look at people.

But I do know the eastern critter is part wolf, a lot bigger, a lot bolder and more often hunts in packs. Its more like a small grey wolf.


95 posted on 10/28/2009 1:51:13 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: maine-iac7

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

It’s Canada, remember? She was probably on a waiting list...


96 posted on 10/28/2009 1:54:19 PM PDT by henkster (0bamanomics: The "Final Solution" to America's "Prosperity Question.")
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To: pandoraou812

Unfortunately you, like I live in New Jersey and we have a loon for a governor with no relief in sight. In a civilized state you could take them out more easily.

I’d suggest getting a dog - a BIG dog, like a tibetan Mastiff or a similar large herd guarding dog.

Where is Howell?

I think there is a hunting season for them now in Jersey. I’d take up hunting them there if I could.


97 posted on 10/28/2009 1:54:57 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: Clive

Good one. How about this one too?

“And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal” Genesis 9:5 NIV


98 posted on 10/28/2009 2:03:47 PM PDT by gettinolder
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To: Howie

I’m not sure I can see the point in defending geese from coyotes. It’s not like there is shortage of geese and five seconds after you leave they are going to get the geese anyway.


99 posted on 10/28/2009 2:03:49 PM PDT by Belasarius (Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward. Job 5:2-7)
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To: Hardastarboard

Where I live, it is legal to shoot and kill coyotes if they are on your property, even if you are in city limits. Coyote hunting permits are also issued at many different times of the year.


100 posted on 10/28/2009 2:06:18 PM PDT by rintense (You do not advance conservatism by becoming more liberal. ~ rintense, 2006)
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