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Mark Drysdale loves his lions and wishes his neighbours did too. Instead, his presence in various southern Ontario communities over the past decade has caused quite the uproar. Battles have been waged across Wainfleet, Grand Bend, and most recently Maynooth, Ontario over his roadside zoos for exotic animals. It has led some residents to demand bylaws to prohibit big cats, meanwhile Drysdale insists it is his right to keep them. Doc Project producer Joan Webber tells the tale of these towns and speaks directly to the man who plays fetch with lions and does not appreciate being called "Canada’s Tiger King".