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People are still spotting wild animals in Toronto even though the city is busy again

While Torontonians were sequestered in their houses in the thick of the pandemic lockdown, typically timid Ontario wildlife became a little more bold, emerging onto newly-desolate downtown streets and beaches while us humans found ourselves with more time and attention to observe them.

Fox and coyote sightings in particular were on the rise early in the spring, and despite the fact that most businesses have since reopened and things feel near-normal once more, people continue to encounter feral animals lurking around now bustling areas.

The family of foxes that became local celebrities after they made a den under the Woodbine Beach boardwalk in April have surely moved on by this point, but a slew of other foxes are still slinking around the downtown core.

Black foxes, which only make up about 20 per cent of the fox population in the continent, have been spotted numerous times across the city lately, including in green spaces around Humber Bay and Ontario Place.

Coyotes, too, are still popping up in places they definitely shouldn't be — like in the middle of the train tracks at Exhibition Station and in cemeteries, which seem to be a popular haunt (pun intended) for the species.

Passersby surprised to witness the creatures out and about in broad daylight have stopped to try and document their run-ins — and fortunately, although the animals seem a little less instinctively afraid of humans and noise than they should be, they don't seem to come too close.

Except for this coyote found lounging on the edge of the green at a local golf course during someone's tee time:

One chill coyote Must be tuckered our after 18 holes

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Hopefully, with vehicle and foot traffic continuing to pick up, the animals will learn to migrate away from the downtown core and toward the green space in and around the city where they can carry on safely, as much as we may love to come across them.

Lead photo by

u/tytor


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