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Mayor Rob Ford says raccoons are a 'serious problem' in Toronto

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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  1. StuG posted on 08/18/2014 03:57 PM
    hahahaha....(wiping away tears...!)
    Rob Ford is working on a solution for our racoon problem.
    I needed a good laugh this aft at work :)
  2. MARGUERITEC posted on 08/18/2014 04:14 PM
    As much as our Mayor is a total jerk, he does have a point. Most people are unaware of the disease raccoons carry. If your kids play where raccoons roam they are at risk. It might be fun to laugh at this but it is serious and can cause permanent injury - blindness, paralysis and encephalitis. Not to mention that two years ago three raccoons decided that our roof would look better with a moon roof. We found out after the hole was opened by seeing insulation on the side yard. $6,000.00 later....
  3. AbbyW posted on 08/19/2014 07:30 AM
    Problem exists due to typical incompetence of councillors, voting on protecting raccoons without understanding anything about nature. Toronto has the worst raccoon problem of any major city. When animals are allowed to roam free into areas where they don't have natural predators you end up with a serious problem as we now have.
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