Deer carcass found in Victoria Park possible coyote kill

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‘It doesn't scare me, it just reminds me that nature can be very dangerous at times'

Truro’s John Deagle came across a deer carcass while walking in Victoria Park last week. A DNR official says the animal could have been killed by a coyote or a dog. HARRY SULLIVAN – TRURO DAILY NEWS

TRURO - Finding a partly devoured deer carcass just off one of the trails in Victoria Park last week was not exactly what John Deagle expected to see during a recent hike.

Deagle and his brother Bobby were walking his dog last Saturday on one of the park trails when the dog suddenly became interested in what was obviously a strong scent.

"He was sniffing around and we said there must be a dead body or carcass or something. Just looked over (to the right of the trail) and there it was."

Although Deagle doesn't know for certain what killed the deer, his first thought was that it must have been a coyote. That suspicion was heightened, he said, when his brother heard yelping nearby that he believes came from a coyote.

And that prompted him to contact the Truro Daily News as a way to issue a warning to other park users.

"I think people better be careful when they walk through the woods," he said, after making a return visit. "I think there's coyotes in the area. Just be on your guard, that's what I would say. It doesn't scare me, it just reminds me that nature can be very dangerous at times ... You just got to beware, you just got to be cautious."

Jim MacNaughton, acting area supervisor for Colchester Hants with the Department of Natural Resources, said while there is no way of knowing for sure what caused the death of the deer, he did agree that is was possibly killed by a coyote.

"It could be a number of things," he said. "Yes, it could be coyotes. They're here. It could be someone's dogs running at large (which is a violation) and there's always the possibility it could be a sick animal."

But the chances of it being a coyote or a dog kill do seem greater, MacNaughton said, when informed of the way the carcass had been devoured.

"That would lead me to believe that it was canine involved, which could be either domestic pets or coyotes."

And while he did not want to appear alarmist, MacNaughton said there is no getting away from the fact that coyotes do exist in the wilderness that surrounds us.

"I think we've come to realize that coyotes are here and that's what coyotes do."

Anyone who would like to learn more about coyotes are encouraged to check out the DNR website at: .

Coyote facts:

What to do if an aggressive coyote approaches

Use the ‘BAM' approach - Back away, Appear large, Make noise

How do tell a coyote from a fox

Coyotes typically have a tawny, grey or black coat with long black guard hairs. The hair on the muzzle, throat, legs and belly usually ranges from yellowish to white.

Foxes are smaller and typically about 46 cm (18 in.) at the shoulder. A fox is often recognized by its red coat, although they can be grey or tawny as well. Foxes have a white chest patch. The foot and leg hair is dark, giving a sooty look.

Are coyotes sightings more common in winter?

Yes, late winter is the breeding season and their activity increases. If natural food sources are unavailable, coyotes may become more active in search of food. Snow and the lack of leaf cover also make coyotes more visible, while heavy snow may encourage travel on or near roads.

Coyotes facts courtesy of the DNR website.



Organizations: Department of Natural Resources, Truro Daily News

Geographic location: Victoria Park

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Recent comments

  • Country girl
    February 27, 2013 - 04:09

    people in town need to Stop feeding the deer in,and around their yards as well.I work with two people ,one on miller road,and the other,right next to the big stop highway ramp of all places ,who think its fine to leave food out for them.They need to stop doing this,the deer do not need to be encouraged even more to come out in the middle of town even more so than they already are.

  • always watching
    February 24, 2013 - 13:44

    Dedra: We ARE leaving comments.. i happen to know for a fact that the admins pick and choose which comments they will allow, and not based on whether or not there is offensive content, but if they like the opinion or even the person. Sometimes, when people have opinions on a certain article, they take away the option to leave a comment altogether..IE the Lawn Bowling fiasco, the Flag flap and many many more.. Many people have just stopped trying because they are so shameless. Cheers.. (this wont be allowed to be posted, so i am just wasting my time :)

    • Me
      February 25, 2013 - 03:28

      It's mainly because 89.54% of commenters on this site are idiots. I don't blame them for closing the comments.

  • lynda smith
    February 24, 2013 - 12:34

    Coyotes being in the park is scary but not surprising since the deer population at the top of Young is unnaturally high. Add to that people leave food scraps on the stumps at the entry to the old dump road and you have a recipe for disaster. I live in the subdivision in Valley and watched a big coyote come out of the ditch o to Eagle and walk right up by my deck. They are not afraid of people at all. I was standing on my deck ( very near the door of course) and the coyote did not hurry by.

  • Dedra
    February 23, 2013 - 21:46

    Why is it that us as a community barely make comments to the articles here. elsewhere ie new glasgow, halifax, people make comments are we such a domicile community that we do not make a voice

    • best feature
      February 25, 2013 - 04:36

      This is why I love the TDN online is for the comments. I love hearing peoples opinions on various topics. In response to Dedra, I would love to hear more but there is a sufficient # number given our readership as compared to the Herald. Come on Truro- let's hear what you think!

  • Concerned
    February 23, 2013 - 21:06

    I live on Empire Loop & Victoria Park is behind us, I can certainly tell you that there ARE Coyotes in the park as we hear them quite often howling in there. Please be cautious on those trails.