Distributor:  National Film Board of Canada
Length:  52 minutes
Date:  2013
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
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Bad Coyote

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Its new, its fearless, and its very real. A hybrid type of coyote, thought to be part wolf, has migrated to Eastern Canada.

Bad Coyote

Its new, its fearless, and its very real. A hybrid type of coyote, thought to be part wolf, has migrated to Eastern Canada.

After a deadly mauling in Cape Breton, said to be the first such fatal attack against an adult human, alarm spreads across Nova Scotia. Trappers, scientists, sheep farmers and the mother of the 19-year-old victim, Taylor Mitchell, weigh in. Increasing media coverage and reports of coyote attacks and sightings prompts the provincial government to issue a controversial bounty for dead coyotes. To some, the only good coyote is a dead one; but others call for a more measured approach, seeking mutual respect between humans and animals. The central irony is not lost: this new breed, called a "coywolf" by some, has replaced a wolf population previously driven out by predatory humans.

The film provides a trenchant analysis of the politics and the price of living and playing close to nature.

"It's new, it's fearless, and it's very real."

Citation

Main credits

Young, Jason (film director)
Young, Jason (screenwriter)
McNeill, Paul (film producer)

Other credits

Director of photography, John Walker, CSC; edited by Andrew MacCormack; original music composed by Dave Anderson.


Distributor credits

Docuseek2 subjects

Biodiversity
Mammals
Canada

Distributor subjects

Environment and Conservation
Coyotes

Keywords

; "Bad Coyote"; National Film Board of Canada; coyote; wolf; wolves; Cape Breton;

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