Canadian boy escapes coyote’s jaws |

Canadian boy escapes coyote’s jaws

Allen Best
Vail, CO Colorado

CANMORE, Alberta ” An 11-year-old boy playing in the snow in the backyard of his home in Canmore was bitten by a coyote. He had closed his eyes, and thought his brother was tickling him, but open his eyes to see a coyote, its teeth clamped on his leg, shaking it.

The boy kicked loose from the coyote, which scampered off, but the bite was sufficient to break through the snowsuit and pants he was wearing and draw blood.

Wildlife officers found and killed the coyote, which they say later was bold enough later that day to enter a person’s home. They told the Rocky Mountain Outlook that the coyote was totally comfortable around humans, because it had been fed by people.

In December, three other children were bitten by coyotes in Canmore, two of them during a Christmas ice-skating event.

WHISTLER, B.C. – Housing is taking a larger bite out of incomes of both permanent and seasonal workers in Whistler.

A survey conducted on behalf of the Whistler Housing Corporation found that 26 percent of permanent residents ” up from 14 percent just two years ago ” spend more than 40 percent of their income on housing.

Studies have shown there are about 10,750 “beds” in Whistler. But more are needed as Whistler’s economy expands and as the community builds the infrastructure to host the 2010 Winter Olympics.

“The economy is going on all cylinders right now. There’s a need for lots of employees,” said Dan Wilson, monitoring coordinator for Whistler’s sustainability initiative, called 2020.

Gordon McKeever, a municipal councilor and a director of the affordable housing group, told Pique Newsmagazine that Whistler has created more than 4,000 beds of resident-restricted housing, with 2,000 more in the pipeline. “Whistler has done more to address that problem than any other community in North America,” he claimed.

MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. – Mammoth Mountain has laid off 15 year-round employees, most of them in middle management. They collectively were paid about $1 million in salaries and benefits and were about 5 percent of the year-round workforce, reports The Sheet.

“The company is stable,” said Rusty Gregory, the chief executive officer at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, “but the current credit environment is difficult, and we need to be in a position to service our credit line.”

He added: “Demand for our products and services is down, and looks like it will be down for the foreseeable future.”

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