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The Neighborhood Project: Critter Country

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Critter Country is a breath of fresh county air in the hectic, fast-paced park life. Unfortunately, bucolic is sometimes mistaken for backwards. Many people consider Critter Country to be a "hillbilly" neighborhood inhabited by evil foxes and bears with droopy drawers. The boundaries between Frontierland and Critter Country are somewhat blurry, and Critter Country is often considered the red-headed step-child of Frontierland. The influx of a younger, hipper crowd in recent years from The Hundred Acre Wood has contributed to gentrification in the once-sleepy country berg.

In spite of its relaxing, tree-laden atmosphere, Critter Country does have a dark side. The malicious presence of Brer Fox and his dim-witted accomplice, Brer Bear, means tourists should take the same precautions as when visiting any unfamiliar area. Mind your purse and wallet, and keep an eye out for bear traps. The actual physical danger of Hephalumps and Woozles is unknown, but you are definitely in danger of having your mind blown.