Killer Coyotes?

By 2009.10.31 tags: , , . 2 Comments»

A HuffPo report:

“Two coyotes attacked a promising young musician as she was hiking alone in a national park in eastern Canada, and authorities said she died Wednesday of her injuries. The victim was identified as Taylor Mitchell, 19, a singer-songwriter from Toronto who was touring her new album on the East Coast.

She was hiking solo on a trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park in Nova Scotia on Tuesday when the attack occurred. She was airlifted to a Halifax hospital in critical condition and died Wednesday morning, authorities said.…

Wildlife biologist Bob Bancroft said coyote attacks are extremely rare because the animals are usually shy. Bancroft, a retired biologist with Nova Scotia’s Department of Natural Resources, said it’s possible the coyotes thought Mitchell was a deer or other prey.

“It’s very unusual and is not likely to be repeated,” Bancroft said. “We shouldn’t assume that coyotes are suddenly going to become the big bad wolf.”

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Comments (2)

Been reading Dobies 1949 book on Coyotes. Absolutely no records of coyotes attacking people. Could this attack been by wild dogs or wolves ?

Comment added by John Davis on 11.12.09

John: like you, I was skeptical of coyotes as killers. But the eye-witnesses in the article, linked to above, ID-ed the coyotes. And police who arrived quickly shot a coyote near the scene. Not conclusive, but certainly circumstantial.

Comment added by BG on 11.12.09



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