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There are couple of dogs in my neighborhood looking for something to eat. They don't attack us. I can say that they don't even bark. I'm not sure but as a biology student I think they've learnt to live with us. For example I saw one of the dogs was trying to cross the street. This seems normal but.... It behaved like an ordinary person trying to cross the street. It looked his left firstly. The road was clear for the dog. It took its first step then it started to cross the street. But while it was looking across the street and trying to pass, a car appeared with no horn. It acted exactly like a human; he rushed through his first point. I don't know if it sounds normal but not for me. Here's the solution itself. They are "learning". As you know some animals get used to see human and they learn not to afraid so not to attack. Maybe all the things here a bit strange. I do not claim that authorities should not do anything about them if they get dangerous for other living things. Things work out in Eskisehir at least in our neighborhood like that , (Turkey). The last thing to say is whatever you do just don't hurt anything alive, do it harmless please. There must be a third choice.
Cool BreezeI don't think any dog could survive our cold winters

Oh, but I thought there were dogs even in nothern pole in Arctic Emotion: surprise (but they weren't stray, I think)
Cool BreezeSmall rabbits have become a small nuisance in Helsinki
Thats very interesting! I can't even imagine how 'a stray rabbit' looks like. We don't have any. We have just ordinary stray animals: dogs, cats, rats but no rabbits. And I didn't knew that rabbits are more used to cold weather than dogs are. I wonder if they hibernate in winter or something.
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stray rabbits , never imagined that could be a problem . Some years ago , i went home from a birthday in my village when i saw three big dogs crossing the street right in front of me... I was really scared...
And sometimes there are some rats in our cellar , but i can't denote them as stray animals Emotion: smile
Alex-93
And sometimes there are some rats in our cellar , but i can't denote them as stray animals Emotion: smile


Oh, that's my mistake Emotion: smile I've just thought how I should call creatures that are nuisanse for people but aren't stray: rats, mice, cockroaches etc. But I couldn't figure out which word was right to denote them Emotion: smile
Irene_LAnd I didn't knew that rabbits are more used to cold weather than dogs are. I wonder if they hibernate in winter or something.
Rabbits don't hibernate but they dig burrows in the ground. Of course very cold weather may cause problems for them. Lack of food is an even greater problem. Rabbits are vegetarians and if there is a lot of snow, finding food is difficult.

They gnaw at the bark on the stems of bushes and small trees if there is nothing else and this may result in the trees dying. People have had to set up fences around their gardens to keep the rabbits out. All this costs a lot of money and the city of Helsinki has spent hundreds of thousands of euros planting new trees and bushes in the parks.

At first many people were against killing the rabbits because they look very cute with their long ears and big eyes and are not a threat to cats and dogs or any other animals for that matter. After people were told what a financial burden the rabbits are for the city, attitudes have changed. I don't think we'll ever be able to completely eradicate them, though. And hunting them costs money as well!

CB
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We have a little problem with mice . They dig holes in the ground, really big tunnel systems , it's amazing , our whole garden is full of those holes, but we cant stop them , and i dont want to poison them, they are like moles.

At first i would find those rabbits cute , but if there are so many rabbits there you have to do something against this nuisance ! Can't you collect them all and pick them in an animal shelter ?
Alex-93Can't you collect them all and pick them in an animal shelter ?
Finding all the 10,000 rabbits is too tall an order!Emotion: smile Many of those that are killed are fed to tigers and lions at the Helsinki zoo,Korkeasaari.

CB
Yes , it might be hard to find all 10000( the ones who still live),those who are found can be picked into an animal shelter , but i think that would be a big effort.
But when they are fed to tigers they have still a usage... better than poisoning them ! Emotion: smile
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In Toronto, there's no dog's running around. Every single one is leashed and has an owner. Well. Usually. But I remember the time I visited Bulgaria in the summer. The little village had dogs everywhere. Personally I'm afraid of dogs, so it was to my disadvantage. I heard from the villlagers that they shot them too because they would try to bite people after they become etremely hungry... and he also said that usually people kept their dogs outside so it was very easy for them to break their leash and run away.. especially during mating season. Then their population would increase..

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Sezen.
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