ANIMAL KINGDOM

Coyotes Kill Teen Folk Singer

Strange and tragic news out of Canada: Taylor Mitchell, 19, a rising star of the Canadian folk music scene, died on Wednesday in a Halifax hospital after being mauled by two coyotes in a national park in Nova Scotia. Mitchell had been hiking alone on a scenic trail in Cape Breton Park, when the usually shy animals attacked. Hikers who heard her screams summoned park rangers, who shot one of the animals, although both of the coyotes managed to escape. By the time paramedics arrived, Mitchell was in critical condition, with multiple bite wounds all over her body that were bleeding profusely. Mitchell had been nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award as young performer of the year.