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Rob Ford no fan of Toronto's raccoons

By The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is making it clear he's no fan of the city's increasingly aggressive raccoons.

Ford — who has come to be known for his colourful statements on camera — says Canada's largest city has a serious problems with the critters.

He says he's had some "standoffs" with raccoons outside his home, and that his children and wife refuse to take out the trash because they're scared of the animals.

Ford says he has been scared by raccoons in some of his "run-ins" with the animals while dealing with garbage in his yard at night.

He says "you could yell and scream at them but they just look at you."

Ford's anecdotes drew some giggles from reporters at city hall but the mayor insisted the issue was a serious one.

He says he doesn't have the answer to the problem, but that it needs to be addressed.

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