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Friday, October 30, 2009

Canadian folk singer attacked & killed by coyotes


Canadian national park officials announced that up-and-coming folk singer Taylor Mitchell was attacked and killed by coyotes on Tuesday afternoon.  It was reported that Mitchell was at the head of a trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park in Nova Scotia when the animals attacked.

Officials were alerted to the attack by a hiker who saw Mitchell and the coyotes and proceeded to call 911.  Although she was taken to a hospital, Mitchell died hours later. She was just 19 years old.

The singer, who had taken a break from touring to go hiking Tuesday, was nominated for young performer of the year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards and self-released her first full length album, For Your Consideration, in March of this year.

Park officials stated that the area in which Mitchell was attacked is popular with hikers, and they have been trying to hunt down the aggressive coyotes. So far one animal believed to be responsible for Mitchell's death has been shot and killed. Mitchell's mother Emily released a statement that said her daughter "wouldn't have wanted [the coyotes'] demise, especially as a result of her own. She was passionate about animals, was an environmentalist. . ."

-Kristen Callihan
currently listening to "Off the Rails" by The Notwist

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1 comment:

  1. this coyote attack is especially strange to me since I've lived around coyotes my whole life without any issues (in AZ) - they seem to be afraid of people