Taylor Mitchell

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Taylor Mitchell
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Taylor Mitchell
Background information
Birth name Taylor Josephine Stephanie Luciow[1]
Born (1990-08-27)August 27, 1990[2]
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died October 28, 2009(2009-10-28) (aged 19)
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Genres Folk
Occupations Singer–songwriter
Instruments Vocals, Guitars
Years active 2006–2009
Labels Back Road Tavern Productions [3]
Website TaylorMitchell.ca

Taylor Josephine Stephanie Luciow (August 27, 1990 – October 28, 2009),[4] known by her stage name Taylor Mitchell, was a Canadian folk singer. She is the only adult person, and second person overall, known to be fatally attacked by coyotes.

Personal life[edit]

Mitchell was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[5] She graduated from the Etobicoke School of the Arts with a major in musical theatre.[6]


After releasing a four track EP in 2007, Mitchell had independently released an album titled For Your Consideration in March 2009.[5][7] In June 2009, she was invited to perform in the Winnipeg Folk Festival the following month.[8] A few days before her death, Mitchell was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award for Young Performer of the Year.[4]

She started a tour of the Maritimes on October 23, 2009, and was to perform in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. She was scheduled to perform in Sydney, Nova Scotia on the night of her death.[5][9]

After her death, her album For Your Consideration was made available for download at the iTunes Store.[3]


On October 27, 2009, Mitchell was hiking alone during the afternoon on the Skyline Trail in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park in Nova Scotia. During her hike, she was attacked by three coyotes.[10][11] During the attack, a group of four other hikers came across the scene, managed to scare the remaining coyote[11] away and called 911. When emergency crews arrived, she was taken to a hospital in Cheticamp and then airlifted to Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax in critical condition. She died overnight.[1]

An officer with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) later shot a coyote in the park, though the officer could not find the carcass. In the evening, park staff located another coyote and killed it, though there were no signs on its carcass that it had been shot. It is estimated that there were five or six coyotes in that area of the park.[1] Eventually, a total of six coyotes were killed following the attack, but only three could be conclusively linked with the attack by means of stomach contents.[10][11]

In an interview with The Gazette, Brad White, a coyote expert at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario said they might have been coyote-wolf hybrids. However, Don Anderson, a biologist with the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources, said he has seen no reason to suspect the animals were coyote-wolf crosses, noting that there are no wolves in Nova Scotia or New Brunswick. Dr. Brent Patterson of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, however, concludes there is sufficient physical evidence that these animals were eastern coyotes, a distant hybrid of the gray wolf and coyotes. This hybridization occurred many generations ago when the western coyotes of the North American Plains regions of the United States migrated to the Ontario region, and interbred with native wolves. This possibly instilled the dominance and aggressive behaviours displayed by the Cape Breton coyotes.[12]

Stan Gehrt, a coyote expert at Ohio State University's school of environment and natural resources, suggested that the coyotes were rabid.[13] This theory, however, was proved to be invalid through postmortem examination conducted at the University of Prince Edward Island of the six exterminated coyotes, three of which could be directly linked to the attack.

Bob Bancroft, a Nova Scotia wildlife biologist, suggested that the coyotes were inexperienced hunters — hungry and desperate yearlings — and that their predatory instinct was triggered by the singer fleeing instead of standing her ground.[14] In The Gazette, Stan Gehrt thought this might be why the coyotes attacked: "Most canids (coyotes, foxes, and wolves) will attack prey that begin to run away from them. Maybe that's what she did. Unfortunately, there are no witnesses."[13]

Mitchell's case was only the second fatal coyote attack on a human ever recorded in North America.[15] The first occurred in the United States[16] in August 1981, when 3-year-old Kelly Keen was attacked by a coyote outside her home in Glendale, California.[17]

For Your Consideration[edit]

For Your Consideration
Studio album by Taylor Mitchell
Released March 2009
Genre Folk, folk rock
Length 40:40
Label self-released

Mitchell's album For Your Consideration was released in March 2009. Guest musicians on the album included Justin Rutledge, Lynn Miles, Suzie Vinnick, John Dinsmore, and Michael Johnston.[18] The album received a positive review from Exclaim!, with Eric Thom describing her as "definitively old school, if not world-weary", while Now Toronto describing it as sounding "like it comes from someone of a completely different generation".[7][18]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Don't Know How I Got Here" – 4:08
  2. "For Your Consideration" – 3:13
  3. "Clarity" – 4:18
  4. "Ride Into the Sunset" – 4:14
  5. "Fun While It Lasted" – 3:41
  6. "Diamonds & Rust" (Joan Baez)– 4:06
  7. "Trick of the Light" – 5:00
  8. "Secluded Roads" – 3:51
  9. "Shelter from the Storm" – 4:31
  10. "Love and Maple Syrup" – 3:18

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Coyotes kill Toronto singer in Cape Breton". CBC.ca. 2009-10-28. Retrieved 2009-10-29. 
  2. ^ "CDbabay.com profile". Retrieved 2009-12-08. 
  3. ^ a b iTunes Store. "For Your Consideration". Retrieved 2009-12-08. 
  4. ^ a b "Cape Breton coyote attack kills touring folk singer". CTV.ca. 2009-10-28. Retrieved 2009-10-28. 
  5. ^ a b c Aulakh, Raveena (2009-10-28). "Toronto singer killed by coyotes". The Star. Retrieved 2009-10-28. 
  6. ^ "Toronto singer killed by coyotes". The Globe and Mail. 2009-10-28. Retrieved 2009-10-28. 
  7. ^ a b Boles, Benjamin (March 17–14, 2009). "Disc Review: Taylor Mitchell - For Your Consideration (Independent)". NOW Toronto. Retrieved 2009-10-29. 
  8. ^ "Coyotes kill Toronto singer". London Free Press. 2009-10-28. Retrieved 2009-10-28. 
  9. ^ "Coyote attack silences emerging Toronto talent". CBC.ca. 2009-10-28. Retrieved 2009-10-28. 
  10. ^ a b Elizabeth Royte (2008-02-08). "Canis Soup". Live Bravely Outside. Retrieved 2013-05-15. 
  11. ^ a b c "Killed by Coyotes". National Geographic. [dead link][dead link]
  12. ^ "Killed by Coyotes?". 18 February 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  13. ^ a b "Coyote attacks on humans extremely rare: Experts". The Gazette. 2009-10-28. Retrieved 2009-10-28. 
  14. ^ Alison Auld, Cape Breton News: Coyotes kill teen folk singer in Cape Breton park (local comments by local readers), last updated at 12:10 AM on 29/10/2009
  15. ^ "Coyotes kill woman in Cape Breton". CBC News. 2009-10-29. Retrieved 2009-10-28. 
  16. ^ Coyote Attacks on Children
  17. ^ A History of Urban Coyote Problems, Robert M. Tim & Rex O. Baker, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, 2007
  18. ^ a b Thom, Eric (2009) "Taytlor Mitchell For Your Consideration", Exclaim!, June 2009. Retrieved August 2, 2013

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