Toronto Singer-Songwriter Taylor Mitchell Attacked and Killed by Coyotes

Toronto Singer-Songwriter Taylor Mitchell Attacked and Killed by Coyotes
After just recently releasing her Exclaim!-recommended debut album, For Your Consideration, 19-year-old Toronto folk singer Taylor Mitchell has died after being attacked by two coyotes in Nova Scotia's Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

On Tuesday afternoon (October 27), Mitchell was hiking on the park's Skyline Trail when the two animals attacked her. According to the Toronto Star, another hiker nearby heard Mitchell's cries for help and called 911.

Mitchell was airlifted to Halifax in critical condition and died early this morning.

"I spoke to her mother late last night and at one point we thought she was stable," manager Lisa Weitz told the Star, "but she had lost too much blood."

An RCMP officer reportedly shot and killed one coyote overnight but officials are still looking for the second.

Mitchell was in the midst of an East coast tour and was scheduled to perform tonight in Sydney, NS. "She had a small break and [she] wanted to go hiking," said Weitz.

While coyotes attacks are rare, the popular Skyline Trail has been closed and barricaded since the incident.