Dangerous Coyote

Gisele Bedard

St-Hippolyte,Laurentides,Quebec, Canada

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Taken at le “Parc Oméga”,Quebec,Canada.
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Last updated at 11:57 PM on 30/10/09

Park officials still searching for coyotes near Skyline Trail
GREG MCNEIL
The Cape Breton Post

SYDNEY — Skyline Trail remains closed as Parks Canada officials continue to assess the coyote population in and around the hiking trail.
The popular Cape Breton Highlands National Park trail has been closed since Tuesday when a Toronto woman was fatally attacked by coyotes.
Chip Bird, field unit superintendent for Parks Canada, said field surveys of coyotes in the area would continue throughout the weekend.
However, no deadlines have been set to cease the investigation and reopen the park.
“I’m hopeful by Monday we’ll have some criteria to make that (deadline) decision, but until we are comfortable that we have addressed all the risk we won’t reopen and staff will continue in the field doing the work.”
As part of the investigation, one of the coyotes shot at the scene of Tuesday’s attack was later sent to the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island for examination.
Those results are not yet available.
The body of the second coyote involved in the attack has not yet been retrieved.
Although the incident has generated “a lot of emotion and lots of strong reaction in people,” Bird said the investigation is not about shooting every coyote they see.
“Anytime they encounter a coyote they are just observing behaviour. For example, the one we shot was still exhibiting very aggressive and bold behaviour. That is what we will continue to do. Those that show no fear, that are still approaching, (staff) will make an assessment and, if necessary, dispose of it.”
Up-and-coming singer-songwriter Taylor Mitchell, born Taylor Josephine Stephanie Luciow, was hiking alone when she was attacked. The 19-year-old died in a Halifax hospital the next day.
“It is so outside our realm of experience,” he said about the attack.
“I keep saying I’ve been doing this for 30 years and have never heard of it.”
Bird was working in Cape Breton when coyotes first made their way to the island, believed to be in the late 70s or early 80s. Previously, he worked in Newfoundland around the time the animals first started showing up there.
Based on that experience he also put to rest any notion that coyotes were introduced to Cape Breton.
“They made there way here, absolutely. Just think about this, they made their way to the island of Newfoundland. They are probably the most adaptive animal that I know. To speculate that somebody introduced them, I don’t think there is a chance of that.”

31/10/09

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