City Critters

City Critters

Wildlife in the Urban Jungle

Book - 2012
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Discusses the lives of wild animals that live in a North American urban environment.
Publisher: Victoria, BC : Orca Book Publishers, c2012
ISBN: 9781554693948
Characteristics: 134 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 23 cm


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Nov 18, 2017

Contrary to what you might think - This book's title - "City Critters" is not referring to the filthy, disgusting, leeching, street-people that you see daily lying around on the streets of Vancouver (like total free-loading, do-nothing parasites that they are), making absolute messes and leaving their bed-bugs everywhere..... Yeesh! It's time to clean up the riff-raff, folks!

Nov 18, 2017

Critter animals are nicer to me than those few selfish, blind animal hating people. I have a personal bond with various critters, at least some of them. Some "Canadians" hate animals though, except their own dogs (or their max. interests) and they try to hinder my interacting with critters or feeding them. I feed some feral cats. Pigeons sit on my shoulders when they see me; squirrels run up to me and take peanuts from my palm; and I have a warm friendly bond with a few raccoons, who come up to me at night when they see me, I feed them and I put down oatmeal cookies for them at certain spots. Last year a half blind mother raccoon brought up to me her pups and I fed the whole family. This year another mother raccoon did the same and last time I met them was a week ago. But there is always a very few animal hater persons, who curse me and tell me to "go somewhere else" or "don't feed them!" At the end of this summer I saw 2 of my close raccoon friends taking a plunge at night in the pool at the condo at KIngsway/8th and I took photos of them, when a man ran down from the condo with a huge stick, shouting; "I'll kill them; they eat our gold fishes!" With difficultly I negotiated him off his plan. Animal haters selfishness maniacs don't understand that critter animals can be close friends, and they warm my heart with their nice behavior. I am fed up with dog walkers (not dogs), whose number is increasing at a sickly pace. In the recent past and yesterday too, I met at night one particular man walking a tiny dog, who told me not to feed any critters, and he said those animals should be scared away from his dog walking area. And yesterday he suddenly emerged with his dog from the dark and said: "I saw you put something there, I'm going to see - we don't want any skunks around here." And sure enough, when I returned to that spot a few minutes later, I saw that he removed all the cookies. I put out new ones. (I could say: "I don't want any human skunks like him around here"). In the past years I have been stalked by a youngish guy, who followed me on the street with his cell phone on his ears and he was reporting to various authorities that he saw me feed pigeons, that I was here-and-here and they should come and catch me. He said pigeons were "not originals to Canada, and they should not be encouraged." He was half native, he said, and he was "original," because they "became acclimatized" to this land. He called on me the Police, a fire truck, an ambulance, and Animal Controls. Several of my squirrel friends have been poisoned, because some renters of basements (and also condo owners) ordered it, saying that they are in the way and they don't want to see me stop on the sidewalk and feed them and take photos of them, because I photo into their windows too. These extreme selfish people defend their territory fiercely, but they have their dogs poo and pee on the grass of others' territory and they throw away litter there. This blind selfishness makes me dislike these people and love animals more, and I fight a constant guerilla war with these people to feed and see my animal friends. When we "humans" are so numerous already that we step on each others' toes, this selfish nature is in the way, and soon this human crowd (which always tell me: "go somewhere else") will be telling each other: "go somewhere else." They already do. This book says: "Wildlife is shrinking because there are too many people on this planet." The few animal haters I have met were mostly white Canadians. Buddhists and Catholic immigrants say: "God bless you."

SPL_Childrens Nov 20, 2013

Far from the oceans’ depths, the wild animals featured in Nicholas Read’s City Critters live right in our own cities and towns, and even in our backyards.

Why do some animals choose to live in urban areas? Where exactly do they live, and how do they manage to survive?

While some creatures such as raccoons and squirrels are attracted to the abundant sources of food in cities, the sad truth is that many animals and birds don’t “choose” to live among people. They have little choice because wilderness habitats around the world are quickly disappearing with urban sprawl and deforestation.

Some animals - chipmunks, squirrels, skunks and raccoons, among others – have proven to be remarkably adaptable to urban life, living in parks, golf courses and backyards. Rivers and harbors also shelter a surprising diversity of creatures, including otters, waterfowl, fish, turtles and even large sea creatures such as seals and dolphins.

Nicholas Read’s well-researched, informative book addresses the causes of and solutions to conflicts between people and city-dwelling wildlife. Complete with interesting anecdotes of human-animal encounters and captivating photography, City Critters reminds us that we share our world with many other creatures – and that urban areas can play an important role in preserving biodiversity.


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