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