People Are So Obsessed With Toronto’s Foxes That They're Spying On Them Late At Night
Visitors "shone flashlights" in the foxes' faces.
Torontonians somehow still aren't getting the hint. Yes, foxes are cute but no, you should not go and seek them out. After repeated warnings and even the installation of numerous sets of fencing, the Toronto fox family at the Woodbine Beach boardwalk is still not getting any privacy.
Overnight on Wednesday night, May 6, cameras captured unwanted visitors turning up overnight trying to catch a peep of the city's newest furry friends.
Almost immediately after their first sighting a few weeks ago,, ignoring social distancing orders and invading the foxes' personal space.
As a result,and reinforced earlier this week in an attempt to prevent residents from threatening the animals with their presence.
Still, though, on Thursday afternoon, TWC was having to voice its frustration that not only are people still seeking out the animals, they're now going to crafty lengths to try to outfox those preventative measures.
"People and photographers are still trying to get glimpses of the fox family even late into the evening, despite barricades and warning signs in place. As a result, we're working with the city to have bylaw officers now patrol the area at night," reads a tweet by TWC on Thursday afternoon.
A lengthy post on the TWC Facebook page explains more about the actions of the overnight trespassers.
"Last night, two photographers and a handful of people shone flashlights on the foxes and ignored social distancing to disturb the family," it read.
"As a result, we are now working with the city to further protect the foxes; bylaw officers will now be conducting an evening patrol to prevent this from happening again."
For the past few weeks, social media has been going wild over the adorable foxes which have claimed the boardwalk as their home.
But that has caused the babies to get comfortable with humans which pose a risk to their safety as they grow older.
"TWC volunteers are now taking shifts to prevent people from feeding the kits and to perform aversive conditioning during daylight hours to help the foxes re-learn their natural fear of people - which is critical as they grow into healthy adults," reads another tweet by TWC on Thursday.
These updates also come after an alarming video which surfaced this week appears to show one woman refusing to leave the area with her dog despite causing evident stress to the animals.
Foxes aren't the only animals making appearances in Ontario in the past few days, it should be noted.
Also on Thursday, over in Ottawa,was filmed roaming around a parking lot as if it were nothing.
Try approaching that and see how you get on. (Don't. Don't do this.)
As for the foxes in Toronto, the City is constantly reminding people to just leave the animals alone and not get in close contact.
Hopefully, not many more warnings will be needed.