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Mayor Rob Ford says raccoons are a 'serious problem' in Toronto
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A raccoon climbs the steps outside NEWSTALK 1010's former midtown studios.
Photo: James Moore/NEWSTALK 1010

Mayor Rob Ford says Toronto's got a 'serious' raccoon problem.

"I've had some stand-offs with raccoons," he says, "they just look at you and they're not scared anymore."

"It used to be you could yell or scream at them but now they just look at you ... right up to my front door," Ford says.

The Mayor says he's spoken to a number of residents about their concerns with the trash-toppling critters.

He believe's the city's raccoon population is becoming increasingly brazen.

"Before, they used to run away.  Now, they don't run away anymore."

"I've seen it with the neighbours and sometimes you open up your blue bin or black bin and they jump out -- honestly, it scares you."

Mayor Ford says he doesn't know what the solution is but he's "working on it."

He adds he wouldn't support a policy that would euthanise the mammals.

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A raccoon climbs the steps outside NEWSTALK 1010's former midtown studios.
Photo: James Moore/NEWSTALK 1010

Mayor Rob Ford says Toronto's got a 'serious' raccoon problem.

"I've had some stand-offs with raccoons," he says, "they just look at you and they're not scared anymore."

"It used to be you could yell or scream at them but now they just look at you ... right up to my front door," Ford says.

The Mayor says he's spoken to a number of residents about their concerns with the trash-toppling critters.

He believe's the city's raccoon population is becoming increasingly brazen.

"Before, they used to run away.  Now, they don't run away anymore."

"I've seen it with the neighbours and sometimes you open up your blue bin or black bin and they jump out -- honestly, it scares you."

Mayor Ford says he doesn't know what the solution is but he's "working on it."

He adds he wouldn't support a policy that would euthanise the mammals.

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