A young Toronto-area woman has died in hospital from injuries sustained when she was attacked by a pair of coyotes while hiking in Cape Breton.
The woman was hiking on the Skyline trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park on Tuesday when the attack occurred. She was alone on the trail, and another hiker, walking behind her, called 911.
She was airlifted to Cheticamp Hospital in Halifax, listed in critical condition, but she succumbed to her injuries this morning.
RCMP officers shot and injured one of the animals, but the other fled into the woods. Park officials are actively searching for the second coyote.
Germaine LeMoine, public affairs officer with Parks Canada, said the Skyline trail will remain off-limits until further notice.
“This wouldn't even be considered a yearly event,” Mr. LeMoine said. “It's extremely rare in the history of the park.”