Coyote attack

Two coyotes kill woman in Cape Breton.

Bob Bancroft, a retired biologist with the Department of Natural Resources, said this kind of attack is extremely rare and he’s never heard of such a serious case in Nova Scotia.

He said coyotes, which are normally up to 50 pounds, are usually very shy, though they can be bold . . .

“They may have snuck up on her and knocked her over before she even knew what happened,” he said. “They may have been youngsters. They just may not have had a lot of experience, or they may have just capitalized on a situation where a young person was acting vulnerable and very frightened by their presence.”

He said there’s a slight possibility that the animals had rabies.

Quann said the coyotes might have been hungry or might have been protecting a kill. He said the animals that park staff saw Tuesday night were “quite agitated.”

“Our experience in the past for any aggressive coyote which has been submitted for analysis, we haven’t had one come back yet as having testing positive for something like rabies, although sometimes they will come back being emaciated animals, perhaps desperate and hungry,” he said.

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