Singer Wouldn't Have Wanted Coyotes Killed: Mom

Taylor Mitchell was huge nature lover
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 30, 2009 7:03 AM CDT
Taylor Mitchell stands in the woods in this undated promo shot.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, LW Communications)

(Newser) – Taylor Mitchell, the 19-year-old Canadian singer killed by coyotes on a hike Tuesday, was such a nature lover that she would have wanted to spare the coyotes, her mom says. “When the decision had been made to kill the pack of coyotes, I clearly heard Taylor's voice say, 'Please don't, this is their space,’” Emily Mitchell told CNN. “She wouldn't have wanted their demise, especially as a result of her own. She was passionate about animals.”

Many who knew the folk singer, who had been on a 3-week tour of Eastern Canada, spoke of her love of nature. “If there can be any comfort at all, it is knowing that Taylor was doing two of the things she loved most, sharing story and song on the road and spending time in nature's fold,” said her manager. Royal Canadian mounted police shot one of the coyotes that attacked her on Tuesday, but they’re still hunting the other. The animal must be killed, they say, because it may have lost its fear of attacking humans.