Solution to Toronto's raccoon problem at your fork tip?

Raccoons (QMI Agency files)

Raccoons (QMI Agency files)

Mike Strobel, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:29 PM ET

TORONTO -- Just got back from Manitoulin Island on Lake Huron, where the raccoons are law-abiding and work for a living.

Likely you’ve seen those sleek healthy buggers chewing on clams, scarfing down acorns and panning for crayfish a respectful distance from your cottage or camp.

A Toronto raccoon, on the other hand, wouldn’t recognize a clam unless it’s smeared in stale linguine. Crayfish? Wouldn’t know one if it bit him on the nose.

These are not raccoons as God intended them.

So put your paws together and applaud Toronto Councillor David Shiner’s plea for city hall to do something about the scruffy little bandits skulking in our shadows.

Raccoons, Councillor Shiner advises, are getting to be a nuisance. I’m shocked — shocked! — to hear this. He says their population is “exploding” and wants city staff to study ways to curb them.

Of course, if we can get Toronto’s 100,000 raccoons to explode, the problem is solved, though messily. No such luck.


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