A Colchester County councillor believes Nova Scotia should completely “exterminate” its coyote population.
“Bounties don’t work,” Coun. Mike Cooper said during a council session last week. “You might as well get rid of them. They’re hunting in packs now.”
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Cooper initiated discussion on the issue following the death last Tuesday of 19-year-old Taylor Mitchell, a Toronto singer killed by coyotes while walking alone in the Skyline Trail of the Cape Breton Highlands.
“That is not going to be an isolated situation,” he said. “They’re becoming more and more brazen.”
Cooper said constituents have expressed their concerns and personal experiences to him, and he believes something must be done to protect humans against a growing coyote population.
Mitchell was on a tour of Atlantic Canada when she went for a hike on the Skyline Trail. She was then mauled by two coyotes and was bleeding heavily from multiple bite wounds when paramedics arrived.
She died early the next day after being airlifted to hospital in Halifax.
As of Friday, Armed Parks Canada officials were continuing to search for the coyotes responsible for the attack, but an official said a widespread kill of the animals wouldn’t occur.
– with files from The Canadian Press and Metro Halifax