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NFB Documentary Bad Coyote Heads To Toronto


Toronto – The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) selection at the 14th Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival in Toronto (November 21–24) will include Jason Young’s documentary Bad Coyote, about the controversy surrounding a new hybrid species of wolf and coyote: an incisive look the politics—and the price—of living and playing close to nature.

Prior to the film’s Ontario premiere, Bad Coyote will be screened at the 3rd Annual Film Festival in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, on Sunday, October 27―one day prior to the fourth anniversary of the death of Taylor Mitchel, who was critically injured in a “coywolf” attack that sent shockwaves across the Maritimes. This special screening will take place from 1:45 p.m. to 2:37 p.m. at The Hall (, 44 King Street, Parrsboro.

A second screening will take place in Nova Scotia on Tuesday, October 29, at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville, presented by the Fundy Film Society. The screening will start at 7 p.m. and be followed by a Q&A with the director.

Bad Coyote

Written and directed by Jason Young and produced by Paul McNeill for the NFB Atlantic Centre in Halifax, Bad Coyote looks at a hybrid type of coyote, thought to be part wolf, which 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 prompt 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.

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