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September 2, 2013 / V A Nichols

Why Toronto residents must embrace city wildlife

Cities have become havens for wildlife because of fewer predators and abundant food.

But how do we live with them without them pushing us out?


A fox sleeps in the sun, cosy on the threshold of Ruthi Gladstone’s front door.

A fox sleeps in the sun, cosy on the threshold of Ruthi Gladstone’s front door.

A fox sleeps in the sun, cosy on the threshold of Ruthi Gladstone’s front door. Deer in the backyard nibble on herbs. Rabbits idle and stretch in her garden.

This benign kingdom is in Canada’s most populous city, near Yonge St. and Sheppard Ave., a 10-minute walk from a subway station through which 48,000 people pass every day.

Gladstone thinks it’s only fair she puts out a welcome mat for urban wildlife. “We are taking over their habitats,” she says. “They will stay and we have to learn to live with them.”

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/08/19/why_toronto_residents_must_embrace_city_wildlife.html

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