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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Oct 19, 2017

I've been feeding critters (street cats, squirrels, pigeons, raccoons) for 7 years now. I know them intimately, and love them intimately. But the public's views are very much divided as regards critters. I have been persecuted, cursed, threatened ever since by a FEW animal haters, who think that "people come first" in this land, which originally belonged to the critters. People expropriate this land so much that even at night they don't allow the critters to look for food in peace - our streets are full of dog walkers even at night. There are by-laws against "feeding wild animals" in the city (because it creates conflict with the animal haters); the critters are supposed to find food where there is practically nothing for them but plastic wrappings. Since the past one year in the "clean city" program the homeless are harassed, chased away from public areas (where should they go? to Mars?) and the garbage areas of back alleys are swept clean; there is no food for skunks or raccoons anywhere. 3 days ago, as I was feeding my pigeon friends who sit on my shoulder and hands, an Englishman came by and said: "they are flying rats." As he passed by, I told him: "you are stupid." He told me: "I am more educated than you think; they carry germs." I told him: "humans carry more germs than these birds, and I have 4 diplomas - how many do you have?" And on top of this, if we watch a travel video of London, we see even children feeding pigeons there, and the pigeons sit on their hands and the parents encourage this. Bird flu is NOT caused by birds, this is just a name for that respiratory illness. There is a book in BPL which even says that bird flu was created by human activity. And read the book "Deadly Allies" by John Bryden, written from declassified documents, where human germ warfare is discussed. Playing with disaster. Just today, as I was feeding pigeons, a man came by and told me: "I'd like to shoot them." Then a minute later another man came and he said: "God bless you." There you have our mosaic of opposing opinions, but unfortunately the official services usually intervene on behalf of the animal haters who call them. Law says that one can even call the RCMP if one sees an animal in distress. But one is not allowed to feed those animals, and I can tell you here that many squirrel friends of mine had been poisoned by Animal Controls because some animal haters told them maybe false stories and asked for their "removal." They even poisoned with liquid nerve poison tree trunks and top of fences. The human crowd has grown too big, and like locusts, they are destroying the Earth, wild life and the few critters that connect us to Nature in this city.

Sep 30, 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!

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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