Monday, November 2, 2009

Fatal coyote attack

An unlikely tragedy took place on Wednesday. Toronto-based folksinger Taylor Mitchell, 19, was on tour to promote her debut album, which was released this Spring. She went for a hike by herself in Cape Breton Highlands National Park of Canada in Nova Scotia and was killed by two coyotes. The animals, which can weigh up to 80 pounds, left her covered with bite wounds and she died of massive blood loss shortly after being airlifted to the hospital. Hers was only the 2nd fatal coyote attack in North America. (The 1981 victim was a toddler in Glendale, California, where coyote attacks have increased, but rarely cause serious injuries.) Experts say that Mitchell's attack was also unusual because coyotes rarely attack 2 at a time and suggest that they may be wolf-coyote hybrids, which hunt in packs. Officers shot and wounded one of the coyotes, and don't believe they are rabid, but both escaped. Mitchell lives on in her music, some of which you can sample here.

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