Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Hiker killed in coyote attack -- UPDATED

~Two coyotes attack Canadian singer/songwriter~

[Update: To leave memorials and photos, go to Updated links are below.]

From Chart Attack:
Taylor Mitchell, a Toronto-based singer/songwriter, died earlier Wednesday (Oct. 28) in Halifax after being attacked by a coyote in Cape Breton during a Maritime tour. She was 19. The Cape Breton Post reports Mitchell succumbed to her injuries....
It goes on to say:
...received a 911 call on Tuesday (Oct. 27) from a hiker who saw Mitchell — who apparently had been hiking alone — attacked by two coyotes on the Skyline Trail, a favorite hiking trail located in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Reports indicated she had bite wounds all over her body.One of the coyotes was shot, but its body has not been found. A second coyote escaped into the woods.
We have had problems with coyotes in this part of Virginia for years. I saw a one last week in western Augusta County in broad daylight in the afternoon running in the field beside the road. They are fearless but it is rather rare for humans to be attacked and killed.

Such a sad ending to a young, promising life full of music....

- Cape Breton Post: She had a real joy of life
- National Post: She loved 'beauty, serenity' of woods
- Blog: Taylor Mitchell's living legacy
- North By East West Blog: Taylor Mitchell remembered


Bob K. said...

In all my years of hiking I've only seen one coyote. It was right around the Skyland complex in the early morning before dawn.

They are taking down livestock in the area though. I've heard quite a few stories. As long as someone's shooting at them they should be likely to avoid humans.

Remembering the wolf attack stories of old we need a good management plan for coyotes, one that involves lead poisoning for sure.

Lynn R. Mitchell said...

We have had quite a problem with coyotes here in the western end of Augusta County, and neighbors finally took it upon themselves to do something about them in our area. They wiped them out for a while but now we can hear them howling at night from the surrounding ridges.

In our area they have killed livestock, deer, and pets by gutting their kill and leaving the carcass.

I've not seen them in Shenandoah National Park, thank goodness.