N.B. woman fights off coy­ote in­tent on eat­ing new puppy

Cape Breton Post - - OBITUARIES/NEWS -

SAINT-CHARLES, N.B. (CP) — Marie Si­mon was de­ter­mined that noth­ing was go­ing to hurt her new puppy, not even a coy­ote in mid-leap.

The Saint-Charles woman took her pup Samp­son out­side to do his busi­ness at 2:30 a.m. Wed­nes­day when the pet be­gan pulling on the leash to get back in­side her home.

“I fig­ured he was just cold and wanted to get in,” said Si­mon, who re­mem­bers then hear­ing a snarl. “I turned around and it was in mid­flight, and all I saw was a bunch of teeth.”

The brazen coy­ote struck the mother of one in the face, driv­ing her glasses into the bridge of her nose and knock­ing her to the ground.

She said she threw the puppy away from the coy­ote, which was skinny and not much larger than a fox. Si­mon said she then grabbed the an­i­mal be­fore it could make it to her pet.

“It was go­ing over me and I just grabbed the fur. ... It tried to bite me in the face and I punched it,” she said.

“It kept on try­ing to bite me. At one point it grabbed me on the back of the head, and I thought it had my head,” she said, not­ing a burn­ing sen­sa­tion on her scalp when the an­i­mal pulled at her hair.

She doesn’t re­mem­ber how many times she hit the coy­ote, but even­tu­ally she was able to strike it with enough force to drive it off.

The skir­mish left her with a bleed­ing hand and long strands of her hair in the snow.

“I went out there to­day and I could see scruffs of my hair,” said Si­mon. “I can say I was ter­ri­fied.

“I still haven’t slept, I am too scared. I slept maybe 20 min­utes but I dreamt of a coy­ote the whole time.”

She said the puppy, which she got as an early Valen­tine’s Day present, had just been trained to go out­side but “now he is too scared.”

The pro­vin­cial Nat­u­ral Re­sources Depart­ment has given Si­mon and her boyfriend per­mis­sion to set traps on their land to try to cap­ture the an­i­mal.

Depart­ment bi­ol­o­gist JeanMichel Devink called the at­tack “unique.”

“We want to put the em­pha­sis on the fact that the coy­ote didn’t in­ten­tion­ally at­tack this woman. It was try­ing to at­tack a very small dog,” he said.

“For the most part coy­otes are fairly fear­ful of hu­mans, and in this sit­u­a­tion, be­cause it was very early, maybe the coy­ote wasn’t aware the woman was there.” It is with heavy hearts that we, the fam­ily, an­nounce the pass­ing of our beloved sis­ter, aunt, sis­ter-in-law and friend. Theresa McBride, 81, of Glace Bay passed away Wed­nes­day, Feb. 10, 2010, at the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Hospi­tal, Syd­ney, af­ter a coura­geous bat­tle with can­cer.

Born in Glace Bay, Theresa was the daugh­ter of the late James and Chris­tine (McIn­nis) McBride.

In her early years, Theresa was em­ployed in the restau­rant in­dus­try and in her later years, a home­maker. She was a care­giver for her fam­ily and did so without any hes­i­ta­tion and asked for noth­ing in re­turn. She was an avid bingo fan. Theresa will be re­mem­bered as a kind and gen­tle soul and will be missed by all.

Theresa is sur­vived by her sis­ter, Katie McNeil; brother-in-law, Bernie Petrie; nieces, Mary MacSween (Fred­die), Colleen MacLel­lan (Sandy), Shirley Samp­son (Keith) and Marilyn Mur­phy (Pat); neph­ews, Wayne McBride (Blanche), Bernie Petrie Jr. (Is­abelle), Jim Petrie (Lena), Bren­don Mac­In­tyre (Rose), Ron­nie Mac­In­tyre (Ester), Fabian Rout­ledge (Margie), Fran­cis McNeil (Mikie), Ger­ald McNeil (San­dra) and nu­mer­ous grand­nieces and grand­nephews.

Be­sides her par­ents, she was pre­de­ceased by her sis­ters, Jessie Rout­ledge, Tina Mac­In­tyre, Mary McBride, Mil­lie Petrie, broth­ers, Johnny and Jim­mie, as well as her life­long soul­mate, Jim Gra­cie.

Visi­ta­tion for Theresa will be held Fri­day, Feb. 12, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in V.J. McGil­livray Fu­neral Home, 16 Re­serve St., Glace Bay. A fu­neral mass will be cel­e­brated 1 p.m., Satur­day, Feb. 13 at Holy Cross Church, Glace Bay. Fr. Con­rad Ed­wards will be of­fi­ci­at­ing with Fr. Bill Rankin, con-cel­e­brat­ing. In­ter­ment will be in St. Anne’s Ceme­tery. Re­cep­tion will fol­low in the church hall.

Do­na­tions in Theresa’s mem­ory may be made to the can­cer cen­tre or the pal­lia­tive care unit at the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Hospi­tal.

On­line con­do­lences to the fam­ily are avail­able through www.vjm­cgillivray.ca. It is with great sad­ness that we, the fam­ily an­nounce the pass­ing of Jean Don­ahue on Wed­nes­day, Feb. 10, 2010, at the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Hospi­tal, Syd­ney, sur­rounded by her loving fam­ily. Born in Que­bec, as a child she was raised in New­found­land, in later years she mar­ried and moved to New Water­ford and raised her four chil­dren.

Jean was an avid sports fan, base­ball and NASCAR were her favourites.

She was an an­i­mal lover and en­joyed spending time with her fam­ily be­ing a great mom.

Jean is sur­vived by her chil­dren, Renolda Head, John Head, Barry Head, all of Syd­ney, Stephen (Lisa) Head, Syd­ney Forks; her pre­cious grand­chil­dren, Brett and Jor­dan; three sis­ters, three broth­ers as well as sev­eral nieces and neph­ews; and her four cats. She is also sur­vived by her foster mother, Mrs. Mary Fowler, New­found­land; and her for­mer hus­band, John Head.

She was pre­de­ceased by three broth­ers.

Cre­ma­tion has taken place. There will be no visi­ta­tion or fu­neral by her re­quest. In­ter­ment in Res­ur­rec­tion Ceme­tery will be held at a later date.

Do­na­tions may be made to any an­i­mal shel­ter or wildlife or­ga­ni­za­tion.

On­line con­do­lences may be sent to our web­page at www.chant­fu­ner­al­home.com.

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