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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.
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.
From "The Law of rhe Jungle"
(from "The Jungle Book")
by Rudyard Kipling
yep - see my post #52
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
Poor thing. Prayer bump
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.
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.
A decent knife would have saved her.
“According to Wiki this is the first recorded incident of an adult
being killed by coyotes.”
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
That poor girl.
Unarmed is no way to live. Not in the wilderness or anywhere else.
Coyotes routinely take down deer and stray dogs in my neighborhood but they have always steered clear of humans. At least so far...
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Another reason to go coyote hunting this week.
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.)
A Dingo Took My Baby
“couldnt you fight them off with a walking stick or a nine iron?”
she died like a true lib. screaming & waiting for government assistance
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.
Canadian Social healthcare. ‘Nuf said.
When seconds count on a trail in a National Park, the Rangers (with the guns) are just hours away.
“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.
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.
What a callow comment.
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.
thinking the same thing- wouldn’t they have done some blood transfusions if she had lost that much blood???
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.
Damn, I was hoping it would be Celine Whatsername!
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.
Sounds like Zer0 and the Chicago mob in DC.
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.
“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...
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.
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
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.
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.